Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Russia tells the US not even to think about it . . .

U.S.-Lithuanian Talks on Nmd Are Unacceptable - Medvedev

TOYKO, Japan. July 7 (Interfax) - Moscow does not tolerate any possibility of talks between the United States and Lithuania on missile defense issues, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

"The Russian president openly expressed serious concerns at a meeting with U.S. President [George] Bush about media reports that the U.S. and Lithuania have been in talks on a possibility to deploy a base of missile interceptors. It was stated that this is absolutely unacceptable," Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko told journalists after a meeting between Medvedev and Bush.

Medvedev "stated that there is no real progress in the Russian- U.S. dialog on the missile defense issue," Prikhodko said.

"Many promising ideas, which have been voiced at the high political level, have been given up. In particular, we still cannot understand up to the end how the proposed transparency measures will be realized," the official said.

Bush showed at the meeting that the U.S. administration is aimed at continuing the dialog, Prikhodko said.

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