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Russia could join NATO missile shield


Russia has said it wants to take part in the proposed NATO-backed anti-missile shield in Europe.

The announcement was made by President Dmitry Medvedev at the Franco-German-Russian summit being held in Deauville, France.

Medvedev has also accepted an invitation to attend the next NATO summit.

“Here I would like announce that I will go to the Russia-NATO summit in Lisbon, that will take place on 20th November. I think this will make it possible to find the compromises that we have to find, and in general to develop the dialogue between the Russian Federation and NATO,” he said.

The summit is being seen as an attempt by France and Germany to pull Russia westwards and involve it more in European affairs.

Also being discussed along with the shield plan and the NATO summit is the situation in Transnistria, the breakaway region from Moldova, where Russia stations peacekeeping troops, and whose uncertain status is a worry for both Europe and Russia.

The missile shield was a project launched by America under the Bush administration, but seen as a threat by Moscow.

Washington maintained it was to protect against rogue nuclear states in the middle east and beyond, but Russia believed bases in Poland and the Czech Republic near its borders could have offered NATO frontline electronic eavesdropping facilities.

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