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Moscow Wants More U.S. Flexibility On Missile Shield

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin
Russia's deputy prime minister says Moscow expects U.S. President Barack Obama to demonstrate more flexibility in a dispute over U.S. missile defense plans following his reelection.

In March, Obama, unaware that he was speaking on an open microphone, told Dmitry Medvedev, then Russian president and currently the prime minister, that he would have more flexibility on the issue after November's election.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on November 8 said Russia is not satisfied with "words."

Moscow has consistently rejected Washington's assurances that the planned missile shield in Europe is intended to fend off potential missile threats from Iran and is not directed against Russia.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia will continue pushing for "firm guarantees" that the missile shield is not directed against Russia.

Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS