Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to explain Moscow's opposition when he attends a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Oslo.
The United States says the proposed missile shield is not aimed against Russia, but is meant to protect against potential small-scale missile threats from countries such as Iran or North Korea. It would include basing a radar in the Czech Republic, and deploying missile interceptors in Poland.
The NATO meeting is also expected to review the alliance's secuity missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. The NATO allies are expected to press Russia to support a proposal that would grant independence to Kosovo under international supervision.
(Reuters, AP, ITAR-TASS)
Pro-independence graffiti in Prishtina (epa)
FINALLY STATUS? Sabine Freizer, director of the Crisis Group's Europe Program, told an RFE/RL briefing that deep divisions in the UN Security Council make it uncertain what form Kosovo's future status might take.
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