Poland says no decision on U.S. anti-missile shield

September 24, 2007

WARSAW (Xinhua) -- Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that no decision has been made on the erection of a U.S. anti-missile shield in northern Poland.

But he said the shield if installed in Redzikowo, a village in northern Poland, would benefit the local community, providing jobs and business for local enterprises.
""Talks are underway. We have our expectations connected with this project and only when these matters are off the table will decisions fall,"" Kaczynski said while inspecting the northern province Pomorskie with Interior Minister Wladyslaw Stasiak.
The United States wants to deploy part of its anti-missile shield in eastern Europe -- a radar system in the Czech Republic and a missile interceptor site in Poland.
Polish-U.S. talks on the possible deployment have been going on since May.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said also on Friday that the U.S. plan to build missile-shield bases in Eastern Europe poses a threat to Russia to which his country will respond.
""We see a threat and we are preparing a response to it,"" Lavrov said in a televised interview Friday.
Last Tuesday, a team of U.S. military experts visited a radar facility rented by Russia in Azerbaijan, which Moscow has offered as an alternative to the planned U.S. system