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Office of the Spokesman
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December 8, 2007


U.S.-Russia Missile Defense Experts Talks to be Held in Budapest, Hungary on December 13, 2007

The United States and the Russian Federation will hold missile defense senior-level policy experts talks in Budapest, Hungary, on December 13, 2007. The U.S. Delegation will be led by Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John C. Rood. The Russian delegation will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak.

The United States will continue to discuss its ideas and proposals for U.S.-Russia missile defense cooperation as well as radar cooperation to jointly monitor ballistic missile threats launched out of the Middle East. These proposals represent the most far-reaching strategic cooperation ever proposed between our two countries and offer a real strategic partnership on missile defense, including the opportunity to work together on a joint regional missile defense architecture. The Untied States will also discuss its offers of transparency and confidence building measures on our proposed missile defense system. We believe our proposals are the best way to facilitate the United States, Russia, and NATO working closely together to monitor, and respond to, the common threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles of increasing ranges and sophistication.

Since the meeting between President Bush and President Putin at Kennebunkport, Maine, on July 2, 2007, this will be the fourth meeting of the senior-level policy experts group. Prior meetings were held in Washington, D.C., on July 30, Paris on September 10, and Moscow on October 10, 2007. The discussions in Budapest on December 13 will be a continuation of those prior meetings and will further elaborate upon the October 12-13, 2007, discussions that Secretary of State Rice and Secretary of Defense Gates had in Moscow with their Russian counterparts, Foreign Minister Lavrov and Defense Minister Serdyukov.

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Released on December 8, 2007

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