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U.S. Will Reject Putin Offer on Missile Defense

Thursday, 21 June 2007 12:00 AM

MOSCOW -- The United States has already made up its mind to deploy its planned missile defence system in Europe and will turn down a Russian offer to share a radar station in Azerbaijan, Russia's top general said on Thursday.

"In my view ... the question of placing elements of the missile defence system in Europe has already been decided by Washington," chief of the general staff General Yuri Baluyevsky told a news conference.

"The initiative put forward by Russia will not receive a positive response from the current U.S. administration," he said.

President Vladimir Putin suggested this month that a U.S. missile defence system could use a radar station in Azerbaijan to remove the need to site parts of a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, that Moscow sees as a threat.

Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush are expected to discuss the issue early next month at a meeting in Maine in the United States.

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