Shoigu Urges Pentagon to Revive Missile Defense Dialogue

Shoigu Urges Pentagon to Revive Missile Defense Dialogue
# 25 March 2013 20:38 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Russia wants to resume regular consultations with the United States on a range of security issues, including missile defense, a top military official said Monday.

The talks could serve to bridge the yawning divisions between two nations on a series of defense matters - most notably Washington’s ongoing plans to install missile shields that Moscow says undermine its own military strategy, APA reports quoting RIA NOvosti.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel on Monday that “no setbacks, and least of all chaos, should hamper dialogue between the military of the two great powers.”

“We are concerned about the further development of the situation around the European missile shield, and our defense minister proposed to resume regular consultations on this issue,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said describing the telephone conversation.

Shoigu confirmed his written invitation to Hagel to attend an international conference on European security in Moscow in May. He also suggested that a Russia-NATO Council meeting could be held on the sidelines of this conference, tentatively set for May 23-24.

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