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Obama: U.S., Russia To Work On Missile Defense


U.S. President Barack Obama (right) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France

U.S. President Barack Obama (right) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France

President Barack Obama has said the United States and Russia are committed to finding an approach to a planned European-based U.S. missile shield that meets their security needs.

Obama said after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on May 26 that a common solution should be found to dealing with potential threats to both countries.

Medvedev, meanwhile, said that the world's strategic balance has improved since Russia and the United States signed the new START missile treaty.

Obama and Medvedev met on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in the French resort of Deauville.

Medvedev has become increasingly critical of U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Central and Eastern Europe.

He has warned that failure to cooperate with Moscow on the shield could spark a new arms race.

compiled from agency reports
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