Prague, Sept 5 (CTK) – Former Czech senior opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Jiri Paroubek yesterday dismissed the information in a U.S. diplomatic dispatch released by WikiLeaks that he promised to help to U.S. diplomats in promoting a U.S. missile defence radar installation southwest of Prague. Read the rest of this entry »
A top Kremlin defence official on Friday warned NATO that if it goes ahead with a controversial missile defence plan for Europe, Russia will retaliate. Read the rest of this entry »
The Czech team negotiating on the SOFA treaty in 2008 achieved “an enormous, unprecedented concession” of the U.S. delegation by limiting the treaty’s scope to a planned missile defense radar site, according to a Prague U.S. embassy’s cable released by WikiLeaks on August 25. Read the rest of this entry »
A senior U.S. diplomat told lawmakers on Tuesday he was hopeful that Turkey would decide soon whether to host a radar base that would provide key support for a planned European missile shield. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, headlines around the globe blared that the Czech Republic had decided to scrap plans to participate in the US anti-ballistic missile defense system (ABMS). Journalists speculated about a disgruntled ally frustrated by a small role in the system, as well as an overall disappointment among Central European leaders in the Obama administration’s supposed betrayal in the midst of its “reset” in relations with Russia.
The Czech Republic has decided not to participate in the U.S. ballistic missile system for Europe. Our correspondent looks at the U.S. proposal and describes the reasons for the Czech withdrawal.
A ballistic missile defense system stationed in Europe has been a contentious issue between the United States and Russia for many years.
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The military’s top leaders defended the U.S. approach to missile defense on Capitol Hill June 15 when questioned about a new report that a key senator says shoots holes in the Obama administration’s European Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) for defending the continent against ballistic missile attacks.
Two events that took place on Wednesday will please the Kremlin very much. Both had to do with the ballistic missile defense plans by the U.S. in central Europe. And both give Moscow more diplomatic fuel in its competition with the United States over the future of ballistic missile defense in Europe.