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'Zero concessions' made for Russia: Kerry

04 June 2013, 12:35

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry denied on Monday that the Obama administration has rolled back US missile defence programmes in Europe because of Russian objections.

In a joint appearance with Poland's foreign minister Radek Sikorski, Kerry was asked about the administration's decision in March to cancel a key part of its plans in Europe.

The issue has been sensitive in Poland, which is hosting parts of the European missile shield and sees US engagement in Eastern Europe as an important bulwark against Russia.

But the change in plans came amid a push for greater co-operation with Russia. Moscow has opposed the European missile shield because it fears it could undermine the deterrent from its nuclear arsenal.

"The United States of America has made zero concessions to Russia with respect to missile defence," Kerry said, responding to a reporter.

Kerry said that the administration had not discussed the issue with Russia prior to its decision and that the other parts of the shield would be deployed.

- AP


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