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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Russia Won't Stop U.S. Plans

WASHINGTON -- The United States will forge ahead with plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, even if efforts to calm Russian opposition fail and officials cannot agree on a joint program, a senior Pentagon leader said.

Eric Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, said Tuesday that the United States and Russia had been discussing several ways to cooperate on the plans, which would put a radar system in the Czech Republic and about 10 missile interceptors in Poland.

Edelman said that if the talks should fail, the United States would not allow Russia "to dictate what we do bilaterally with other countries." "We want to cooperate with Russia," he said. (AP)

Warning Against Arms Race

Top missile designer Yury Solomonov said in an interview published Wednesday that the country must not allow itself to be dragged into a new arms race as the United States moves forward with its missile defense plans for Europe.

Solomonov, the chief designer of the Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, echoed U.S. officials' contention that the planned missile-defense system would pose no significant threat to Russia. (AP)

Kocharyan Names Premier

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Armenian President Robert Kocharyan issued a decree on Wednesday appointing Serzh Sarksyan as the country's new prime minister, the presidential press service said.

Sarksyan's candidacy was put forward by the leading Republican Party after consultations with other major parties earlier this week. (Reuters)

Nagorno-Karabakh Election

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday set July 19 as the date for the disputed territory's next presidential election.

The vote will be the third for the region, which is claimed by Azerbaijan but has been controlled by ethnic Armenians since a six-year conflict ended in 1994. (AP)