Russia wants equal role in NATO missile shield: Minister

Russia is open to talks on NATO`s planned European missile shield but wants to play an equal role in its development.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 21:54 PM IST

Berlin: Russia is open to talks on NATO`s
planned European missile shield but wants to play an equal
role in its development, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly
Anatoly Serdyukov told the German weekly Der Spiegel.

"The most important thing for us is firstly to define
what are the real threats to Europe, and secondly is to see
Russia put on an equal footing as a participant," Serdyukov
said in an interview to be published in full on Monday.

"It is only thus can an anti-missile defence system be
put in place which satisfies everyone."

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is to attend next
month`s NATO summit in Lisbon and said Tuesday that Moscow was
prepared to discuss the Alliance`s proposed anti-missile
shield.

Previous US plans to deploy an anti-missile system in
former Soviet satellite states in eastern Europe angered the
Kremlin, but NATO now hopes to ease these doubts by including
Moscow in the planning of a broader system.

Washington insists the shield is to fend off threats
from "rogue states" like Iran and is not aimed at undermining
Russia`s nuclear deterrent.

PTI