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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Wants Washington to Address Missile Worries

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that the United States had not adequately answered Russia's questions on its plans to deploy missile defense sites in Europe and accused Washington of acting unilaterally.

The remarks were Russia's latest expression of irritation over U.S. plans to base parts of a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

They came one day after The New York Times reported that the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush would reach out more often and more intensively to Russia.

The United States says the planned defenses would not be aimed at Russia and are intended to defend against missile attacks from so-called rogue countries such as Iran.

Moscow has warned, however, that it does not trust the U.S. claims and that Russia could take countermeasures.

"We are discussing this with our American colleagues and we are asking them to answer our questions, the concerns that we have, which are absolutely fair and justified," Lavrov told reporters.

"Meetings devoted to this are being held, briefings are being organized for us, quite useful ones, but we haven't received intelligible answers to the majority of our questions," he said.

Lavrov, speaking at the end of talks with his South Korean counterpart, Song Min-soon, stressed, "the need to resolve such questions in a transparent, democratic way and not unilaterally."

He also claimed that the United States was announcing plans to deploy the missile-defense installations without first consulting the countries in question, citing Ukraine as an example.

(AP, NYT)