NATO chief, Putin agree to meet soon

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BRUS­SELS | NATO’S top of­fi­cial plans to meet with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent-elect Vladimir Putin to dis­cuss ties that have de­te­ri­o­rated over the al­liance’s plan to de­ploy a mis­sile shield.

NATO Sec­re­tary-gen­eral An­ders Fogh Ras­mussen and Mr. Putin agreed dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion on the need for good and sta­ble ties, the al­liance said Thurs­day.

“It was a con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion,” NATO spokes­woman Oana Lungescu said. “Both [men] stressed that they’re de­ter­mined to con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion and to meet bi­lat­er­ally in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.”

The Western mil­i­tary al­liance says its planned mis­sile de­fense pro­gram is aimed at po­ten­tial threats from na­tions that have, or are ac­quir­ing, mis­sile tech­nol­ogy.

But an­a­lysts be­lieve the shield is meant to pro­tect Europe from Iran’s medium-range mis­siles.

Still, Rus­sia has ob­jected to the pro­gram, fear­ing it will even­tu­ally grow pow­er­ful enough to in­ter­cept Rus­sian mis­siles, thus un­der­min­ing its nu­clear de­ter­rent.

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