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US, Russia still divided on missile shield

Moscow leaders say, missile defense plan could be aimed at Russian missiles.



Moscow: US and Russian defense leaders said Tuesday they are still divided over the planned missile defense system in Europe but will continue talks to try to resolve the differences.

The issue, which has been simmering for several years, was a major topic during a meeting between Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, although the ongoing military strikes in Libya — and Russian opposition to them — grabbed the headlines.

Moscow: US and Russian defense leaders said Tuesday they are still divided over the planned missile defense system in Europe but will continue talks to try to resolve the differences.

The issue, which has been simmering for several years, was a major topic during a meeting between Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, although the ongoing military strikes in Libya — and Russian opposition to them — grabbed the headlines.

But he said that the US is concerned about instability in Yemen, where al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is based. He said his primary concern is that the instability diverts Yemen`s attention away from dealing with AQAP.

AQAP is al-Qaida`s most dangerous franchise, and it has been behind a number of recent attacks against America, including the attempted airliner bombing on Christmas Day 2009 and the failed mail bomb plot involving cargo planes last summer.

Saleh pledged to step down more than a year early but refused to immediately resign on Tuesday, infuriating tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster.

The opposition said it would not accept his offer to resign by year`s end in response to nationwide anti-government protests, which have swelled dramatically since security forces opened fatally shot more than 40 demonstrators on Friday.

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