Gates Rebuffed By Moscow on Defense Plan

Russians not buying cooperation on anti-missile bases
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2007 11:00 AM CDT
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talks with reporters during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington in this March 22, 2007 file photo. he Bush administration   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Robert Gates was in Moscow today trying to soften Russian resistance to American anti-missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic, but so far the Russians aren't buying. The Defense Secretary is pushing proposals that would invite the Russians to share data, cooperate on research, and participate in joint testing of the system.

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov rejected the proposals for cooperation, but Gates will continue to pursue them in meeting with Putin. The anti-missile bases near Russian borders, which the U.S. says are needed to protect against a nuclear threat from Iran, have been a major irritant in relations between the countries.