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Russia: Clinton Not Expecting Agreement On Missile Defense

Washington, 26 May 2000 (RFE/RL) - The U.S. White House says President Bill Clinton does not expect an agreement at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on controversial U.S. plans for a missile defense system. But U.S. National Security Advisor Sandy Berger noted the summit will be the first time Clinton will hold face-to-face talks on the issue with Putin. Clinton departs Monday on a European tour. He is to arrive in Moscow on June 3. The U.S. wants to amend the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so it can deploy a limited shield aimed at defending against possible missile attacks from so-called rogue states. Russia opposes the idea.

Berger also said Clinton plans to urge Putin to stay on the course of reform and to respect democratic rights.