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NATO and Russia agree on missile defence

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NATO and Russia agree on missile defence


NATO and Russia have agreed to work together on missile defence. They announced the news after the NATO summit in Lisbon.

It has been hailed as a breakthrough for the two former sworn enemies, whose relations were frozen after Russia’s military intervention in Georgia in 2008.

“At the moment, NATO cannot predict how this project will turn out, how it will look, and how much it will cost,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. “But, everyone agrees that the system will be helpful only if it is universal, global. We have had an interesting discussion, and we have agreed to move forward.”

NATO released a rather grainy animation showing how the shield will intercept long-range rockets, perhaps fired from Iran or North Korea. Moscow is onboard for now, but remains wary of a programme which declares Iran to be a direct threat.

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