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Medvedev Says NATO Must Involve Russia In Missile Defense

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (file photo)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (file photo)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has been quoted as saying that NATO must ensure that Russia is fully involved in the trans-Atlantic alliance's plans for missile defense or risk triggering a new arms race.

Medvedev made the statement in an interview published in the Polish weekly "Wprost" to coincide with his two-day visit to Poland.

Last month, NATO and Moscow agreed to cooperate on missile defense and other security issues in what they hailed as a "historic step" in setting aside past disputes.

Medvedev said in the interview that a missile shield "should be a joint initiative of Russia and NATO that can protect us against threats."

compiled from Reuters reports