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Poles and Czechs to coordinate missile defence demands

Poles and Czechs to coordinate missile defence demands
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The Polish and Czech governments have agreed to coordinate talks with the United States over its missile defence shield plans. It follows a meeting between the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his Czech counterpart Mirek Topolanek, where they both outlined what they want.

Poland said its outmoded air defence capabilities must be bolstered by the US while the Czech government believes it should take part in the fight against terrorism.

Washington wants to deploy 10 rockets in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic as part of its global “missile shield” against the threat of long-range ballistic missiles from what it calls “rogue” states such as Iran and North Korea.

However, despite the Czech government’s support, polls and protests suggest most people oppose the plan to host a foreign base. Many have likened it to a foreign military presence akin to the 1968 massive Soviet invasion.

Russia is also against the plan and has appointed nationalist politician Dmitry Rogozin as its new ambassador to Nato. He says the shield would endanger Russia’s security and upset the balance of military power in Europe and has warned that Russia must rearm to counter the perceived threat.