Obama: No 'quid pro quo' to Russia on missiles

4th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

A senior official earlier said Obama had written a confidential letter to Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev about the link between the US plans to deploy a missile defence system in Europe and Iranian ambitions.

Washington -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday he offered no "quid pro quo" to Russia in a letter reportedly hinting a US missile deal could be ditched if Moscow deters Iran from developing long-range arms.

A senior official earlier said Obama had written a confidential letter to Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev about the link between the US plans to deploy a missile defence system in Europe and Iranian ambitions.

The New York Times reported that Washington could rethink its plans to site a missile defence shield in eastern Europe if Russia helped to stop Iran developing long-term weapons.

Obama dismissed such a direct interpretation of his offer.

"The way it got characterized I think was as some sort of quid pro quo," Obama said.

"It was simply a statement of fact that I've made previously, which is that the missile defence program, to the extent that it is deployed is designed to deal with not a Russian threat but an Iranian threat."

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