Washington: Officials say the US and its NATO
allies are close to an agreement to erect a missile shield
In outlines of the deal provided to The Associated Press,
US officials say the arrangement will connect a limited system
of US anti-missile interceptors and radars planned for
southeastern Europe with expanded European-owned missile
The project would give the military alliance a fresh
purpose while testing President Barack Obama`s campaign to
improve relations with Russia.
The deal is likely to be sealed at a two-day NATO summit
starting Friday in Lisbon, Portugal.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to
discuss internal allied deliberations.