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The US ready to share with Russia information on missile defence

March 12, 2012, 11:47 UTC+3

The US administration is ready to share with Russia secret information on components of the anti-missile defence deployed in Europe

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MOSCOW, March 12 (Itar-Tass World Service) — The US administration is ready to share with Russia secret information on components of the anti-missile defence deployed in Europe, the Kommersant writes. First of all, the information is on technical data of SM-3 ship-based missile system, which will become the basis of the anti-missile defence. The White House hopes this may push Moscow towards cooperation on most sensitive topic in the Russia-US relations. The newspaper says that Russia and the US may reiterate the discussion before Vladimir Putin inauguration due in May.

The fact that the White House has resumed the efforts to overcome the deadlock in the negotiations with Russia about the anti-missile defence system comes from the statement made by the US Assistant Secretary of Defence Brad Roberts. Speaking at the US Congress’ Armed Services Subcommittee he confirmed that Washington was considering sharing with Moscow some characteristics of the organised system.

The information that the Pentagon considers sharing data on the anti-missile defence system with Russia was conferment to the Kommersant by the Pentagon’s spokesperson April Cunningham. The US analyses now sharing what information would accord with our interests, she said.

The newspaper’s sources at the US Congress are sure: Washington considers sharing with Russia tactics and technical data of modernised SM-3 missile system, which is being designed by Raytheon Co, and which is to be the base of the anti-missile defence system being deployed in Europe. Thus, the White House may reiterate the idea, which seemed to be rejected in late 2011 because of the confrontation with Republicans at the Congress.

Russia is really expecting from the US steps, which could take the negotiations from the deadlock. “We were offering constructive initiatives over entire past year. At first, it was the idea of common sector-based anti-missile defence, then we suggested various variants of conjugation of the two separate systems,” a high ranking official at Russia’s government said. “Now the ball is on the American side. Discussion of data on DM-3 could be a step in correct direction.”

This question could be on the agenda of Moscow and Washington during a visit to Russia of the US Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, due before end of March, the Kommersant writes.

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