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NATO-Russia Say No Progress On Missile Defense

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
BRUSSELS -- NATO and Russia said on October 23 they had made no progress in settling differences over a planned missile-defense system for Europe but pledged to continue efforts to resolve the row.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, speaking in Brussels after a NATO-Russia Council meeting, said "it is no secret we have not yet found a way forward on missile defense," despite NATO assurances a proposed missile shield would be intended to protect Europe from attacks by rogue states, not Russia.

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Rasmussen also reiterated NATO support for the aspirations of Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO, stressing "there is no change whatsoever" in that position.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a news conference after the meeting, said Russian concerns on missile defense were still not being taken into consideration.

With reporting by ITAR-TASS
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