Permanent access to planned US missile defence sites in eastern Europe, that’s what Russia asked, if agreement is to be reached on the proposed missile shield. Accepted during the Nato summit, this missile shield’s aim is to protect the allies from rogue countries like Iran.
It’s a sticking point in Moscow’s negotiations with Washington, said Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister. He said that if Russia was turned down, it could spark a new arms race.
“For us it is important that we should see second-by-second where that radar is looking, and what is happening at the… base in the Czech Republic” Mr Lavrov said.
Frequent access to the sites granted to Russian officers, but not be based at them permanently, that is what the US has proposed to Russia.
Sergei Lavrov added that Poland, as well as Czech Republic, “don’t even want to hear about a permanent Russian presence.”
On their farewell meeting, George W Bush and Vladimir Putin failed to reach an agreement on the missile defence programme, even though they promised to work for it.