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Russia Sees U.S. Missile Plan at Point of No Return by 2020

March 29, 2012

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said a U.S. plan to build a missile shield in Europe will be past the point of no return by 2020, when it reaches the fourth phase of its development.

“There’s no chance now of us reaching an agreement” with the current administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, whose position didn’t change during talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a nuclear security summit in Seoul this week, Ryabkov said in an interview in New Delhi today.

“We already tried to come to an agreement on missile issues with the Republicans and we will continue to try” if they return to the White House,” Ryabkov said. Whoever wins this year’s presidential elections, Russia is ready to discuss the matter further, he added.

The U.S. isn’t sharing any secret data on missile defense with Russia, Ryabkov said.

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