Russia wants 'equal' role in Europe missile shield: Medvedev

20th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev warned Saturday that his country would have to be treated as an equal partner if it is to take part in a missile shield project with NATO.

"We should proceed from the fact that our participation should be absolutely equal," Medvedev told reporters after a summit with NATO leaders in Lisbon.

"I will even say more: our participation can only be partner-like, there can be no other participation, to keep up appearances so to speak," he said.

The two sides agreed in principle that they would jointly study the possibility of teaming up to reinforce an anti-ballistic missile system that NATO plans to erect to protect Europe's populations.

"Either we participate fully, exchange information, are in charge of solving these or those issues, or we do not participate at all," Medvedev said.

"If we do not participate at all then we would be forced to defend ourselves due to understandable reasons," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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