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Missile Shield Much Later?
March 5, 2008   
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According to Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, negotiations on building elements of the U.S. anti-missile defense system in Poland may not be completed during George Bush's term as U.S. president. Sikorski said this was quite likely because all agreements with the American side required funding and the whole budget for this year had already been set. "Even if we signed the agreements, their implementation would depend on the will of the next [U.S.] administration and the will of the next Congress of the United States," Sikorski said.

Earlier, Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said American proposals presented to Poland were still insufficient. The government is ready to allow the system, dubbed the anti-missile shield, to be built on condition that the Americans help Poland modernize its anti-missile and air defense systems.

The shield is intended to protect the United States, its forces and parts of European countries against attack from what the Americans call "rogue states," including Iran. The Americans want to install a radar system in the Czech Republic and a base for 10 intercepting missiles in Poland. Russia is opposed to the deployment of the system in Central Europe.
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