Moscow Sees No Progress on European Missile Defense

Moscow Sees No Progress on European Missile Defense

Moscow Sees No Progress on European Missile Defense

Moscow Sees No Progress on European Missile Defense

© RIA Novosti. Mikhail Fomichev

MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti)

There has been no shift on the issue of a European missile defense system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

“Unfortunately there have been no changes,” he said commenting on reports of a compromise between Russia and the West.

Ahead of a global security conference in Munich, which runs from February 3 to 5, its chairman Wolfgang Ischinger expressed hope that it would help Russia and its Western partners reach a “compromise” on the missile defense issue “so that cooperation with Russia can move forward at the NATO summit in May in Chicago.”

Moscow is seeking written, legally binding guarantees that the NATO missile shield will not target Russia.

Washington, however, refuses to provide such guarantees, saying the shield is designed to protect NATO members against missile attacks from North Korea and Iran.