Czech and Polish PMs for missile defence system; Russia says it will target proposed installations

19-02-2007

The Czech Republic and Poland will probably give their consent to the construction of a new US missile defence system on their territory, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and his Polish counterpart Jaroslaw Kaczynski have announced. Both prime ministers said after a meeting in Warsaw that they would probably react positively to a US request to build a rocket base in Poland and a radar facility in the Czech Republic. They also said that they did not expect a referendum on the issue to be held in their countries.

Meanwhile, the commander of Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces, Nikolay Solovtsov, has told journalists that if the Polish and Czech bases are built, the Russian army would aim some of its missiles at the facilities.