Putin Pushes For Guarantees on U.S. Missile shield

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday urged the Foreign Ministry to stick to the provisions of the new Russia-U.S. Start treaty and push for guaranties that the U.S. missile shield in Europe will not be aimed against national nuclear facilities.

“Proceed from the fact that any negotiations on strategic nuclear weapons cuts are possible only with a view to all of the factors that have influence on the global strategic stability,” Putin said in a decree.

“Consistently maintain Russia’s position towards the creation of global U.S. missile defense system, push for guaranties that it will not be aimed against Russia’s nuclear facilities,” the decree said.

Putin instructed the government to take measures to boost trade and economic cooperation with the United States and support business ties.

The cabinet of ministries was instructed to set forward proposals aimed at further liberalization of the visa regime between the two countries.


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