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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bush Offers Putin Talks On Missiles

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday told President Vladimir Putin he was ready to discuss his plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe, and Moscow said it had received the offer "with satisfaction."

"Putin laid out the reasons for Russian concerns about U.S. plans to create anti-missile defense bases in Central Europe," the Kremlin said in a statement after the two leaders spoke by telephone at Washington's initiative.

"The U.S. president's expression of readiness for detailed discussion on this subject with the Russian side, and for cooperation in the interests of joint security, was received with satisfaction," the Kremlin said.

The United States plans to build a radar station in the Czech Republic and a missile battery in Poland to expand its defenses against missiles that could be fired from Iran or North Korea.

Also Wednesday, a top U.S. general sought to ease Russian concerns about the missile shield, saying it could help protect western Russia. "The countries covered will be France, Germany, Italy -- all countries that need to be protected. Even western Russia as well," U.S. Lieutenant General Henry Obering, director of the Missile Defense Agency, was quoted as telling weekly Die Zeit.