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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Warsaw Weighing Missile Site

WARSAW -- Poland will take into account Russia's concerns as it weighs whether to allow the United States to build a missile defense site on its territory, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

Russia has objected to U.S. plans to deploy missile defenses in NATO nations in Eastern Europe.

"The Russian Federation has made its position known and Russia is a very important neighbor of ours, and we take the views of our neighbors into consideration," Polish Defense Minister Radek Sikorski said before flying to Washington, where he will meet his U.S. counterpart, Donald Rumsfeld.

"Russia has the ability to respond to any such deployment with practical measures that affect our security, so obviously Russia's position is important," Sikorski said.

The Foreign Ministry said last month that a missile site in Poland would undermine security and stability, and warned of unspecified measures in response.

Sikorski would give no other details about the ongoing talks between Washington and Warsaw on whether to locate a U.S. missile defense site in Poland.

The United States has been considering Poland or the Czech Republic, both former Soviet satellites that are now NATO members.

Separately, Sikorski said he hoped NATO would choose Poland to be the site of a planned allied ground surveillance system.