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Central Europe May Host US Missile Defense

Washington is said to be in talks with Poland and the Czech Republic to position the biggest missile defence site outside the US in central Europe.

According to the Guardian newspaper, talks have been in train for eight months over the two countries’ hosting of part of the US’ ballistic missile defence system, dubbed "son of star wars." According to the paper, Prague and Warsaw are keen to set up advance radar warning sites and Poland may even play host to interceptor missiles. Britain and Denmark had previously said they may take part in the plan. However, Russia has voiced concerns about Washington’s plans and the hosting of sites, particularly missile sites, so close to their borders is likely to increase opposition. The plan also caused some consternation in Europe when the US unilaterally pulled out of the anti-ballistic missile treaty, seen as a key non-proliferation agreement between Russia and the US. (EUobserver.com)

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