Putin Wants in on Missile Shield

Russian premier pushes plan for joint anti-missile defense system in lieu of bases in Poland, Czech Reppublic
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2007 5:07 AM CDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, looks at President Bush as they talk about their meetings, Monday, July 2, 2007, at the Bush family compound on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Stephan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Vladimir Putin yesterday pushed his proposal for cooperating with the US on a joint missile defense system, part of which would be built on Russian soil, the Washington Post reports. The offer, first broached in Germany last month,  was welcomed by President Bush as he and the Russian premier  wrapped up two days of talks at the Bush compound in Kennebunkport.

"The deck has been dealt, and we are here to play," Putin said. "And I would very much hope that we are playing one and the same game." But the two sides remained at odds over the location of missile-shield facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic, which Putin considers a threat to Russia. "There would be no need to place any more facilities in Europe," Putin said of his plan.