It is interesting that Russia would allow the US to use a radar station in Azerbaijan but not in the Czech Republic. My guess is it because Moscow has more influence in Baku than in Prague. Russia, going back to the days of the czars, has long been wary or paranoid about foreign involvement in neighboring countries.
MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he still hoped to reach a compromise with the United States over its plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
"We have not lost all chances yet, there is still a certain degree of healthy optimism," Russian news agencies quoted Putin as telling journalists during a visit to the United Arab Emirates.
"As for contradictions, they exist and will exist. It is important not to resort to saber-rattling and not to bring the case to confrontation. The main thing is to seek a compromise and reach agreement."
Moscow is unnerved by Washington's plan to deploy interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, seeing it as a threat to Russia's security.
The United States says it needs to defend itself from missiles possibly launched by "rogue states" such as Iran and North Korea.
Putin has invited the U.S. military to use jointly a radar station that Russia rents from Azerbaijan. Washington has not given its final reply yet. U.S. military experts are expected to visit the Qabala station later this month.
I could say Putin's fears about a US missile shield are unnecessary considering this news. Russia is having problems at present getting things up.....in the air. LOL.
Also why is Putin concerned about a missile shield when people say it will never work. Someone obviously has their facts wrong. It wouldn't be pacifists in the MSM and science community, would it?
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