Medvedev softens stance on missile shield

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has indicated Moscow might soften its stance on a controversial anti-missile shield after reassurances from France and Germany, Deutsche Welle. After talks with Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “very happy that the Russian president will take part in the NATO summit. I’m pleased that there is a basic willingness to participate.”

Medvedev had earlier accepted the invitation to personally attend the upcoming summit of the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization, scheduled for November in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. “I will attend the summit because it seems to me that this will further the search for necessary compromises and the development of dialogue between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic alliance as a whole,” Medvedev said.

NATO is expected to use the summit to unveil plans for a European missile defense shield. Washington says the shield is meant to protect Europe from attacks from Iran or North Korea. Moscow, however, sees the shield as being at least partly directed against Russia.

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