General Yury Baluyevsky, who heads the Russian General Staff, says Moscow hopes consultations can begin after President Vladimir Putin's visit to the United States in July.
Washington has proposed installing interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic as part of a missile-defense system, but Russia objects to the plan.
On June 7, Putin made a surprise counteroffer, saying the United States and Russia could jointly use the Russian-controlled Qabala (Gabala) radar station in Azerbaijan as part of the missile-defense system. He followed up by saying U.S. missile interceptors could be located in Turkey, Iraq, or on sea platforms.
U.S. President George W. Bush described the offer as "interesting."
'Surprise' Proposal Was Planned
U.S. analyst Glen Howard discusses what might be behind Putin's radar offer. more
U.S. Ships In The Caspian?
A Russian military analyst says Putin's plan could include basing Aegis-equipped U.S. warships in the Caspian. more
What Does It Mean?
It looks like Putin understands Russia is too weak to compete with the United States. more
Iran: Missiles And More
Iran tests its Shahab-3 medium-range missile in November 2006 (AFP)
HOW LONG A REACH? As the debate on missile defense sharpens, Tehran continues to develop its Shahab-3 missile, which is already capable of reaching some parts of Europe.... (more)
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