May 30, 2007 -- U.S. Senator Trent Lott (Republican, Mississippi) has dismissed as "relics of Cold War thinking" Russia's opposition to U.S. plans to deploy parts of a missile-defense shield in Central Europe.
Lott said he will try to convince Russian lawmakers that the shield poses not threat to Russia.
Lott arrived in Moscow today as part of a delegation of U.S. senators for two days of talks with Russian counterparts.
Talks are expected to focus on strategic and economic issues, including Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization.
(AP, Interfax, ITAR-TASS)