Deal close on NATO missile shield: US officials

Officials say the US and its NATO allies are close to an agreement to erect a missile shield over Europe.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 13:03 PM IST

Washington: Officials say the US and its NATO
allies are close to an agreement to erect a missile shield
over Europe.

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
defenses.

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.

PTI

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