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Poland rejects terms of US missile shield deal

Poland rejects terms of US missile shield deal
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Poland has rejected the terms offered to it as part of US plans to build an anti-missile shield in Europe. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that if his country was to host part of the proposed system, it needed more measures that would increase its own security in return.

The current US proposals in this respect were not satisfactory, he continued, although he did stress that he was open to further talks. The details of the US offer have not been made public.

Washington wants to install 10 missile interceptors in the north of Poland as well as a tracking radar in the Czech Republic. It claims the system is to protect it and its European allies from attacks by what it calls “rogue states”, understood to include Iran and North Korea.

Russia strongly opposes the plan and has threatened to target missiles at Poland and the Czech Republic if it goes ahead.

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