Nato to support US missile shield
Nato to support US missile shield http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B85640AB-363F-4F0B-94DA-32E5FCF222FF.htm The missile defence system will include 10 interceptor missiles based in Poland [AP]George Bush, the US president, has won backing for his controversial missile defence shield to be based in Europe, despite Russian objections.A communique that Nato leaders are to adopt during their summit in Bucharest will recognise "the substantial contribution to the protection of allies... to be provided by the US-led system".The summit also vowed to "support each other in sharing the burden" of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.However, Bush's hopes of extending immediate Nato membership to Ukraine and Georgia, were denied by the military alliance's leaders.The summit said it would review the decision to grant entry to the former Soviet nations in December.Czech deal
The statement, circulated by US officials, will declare Nato's support for the defence system and call on all Nato members to explore ways in which the project, to be based in Poland and the Czech Republic, can be linked with future missile shields elsewhere.
stationing of a US radar in the Czech Republic to track ballistic missiles.
A related US and Czech Republic deal was also reached on the
Bush, right, has been pushing for the
inclusion of Georgia and Ukraine[AFP]
"The radar will be linked to other US missile defence facilities in Europe and the United States ," a joint communique from the two countries said.
Nato's statement will call on Russia to accept US and Nato offers to co-operate on the system, which will also involve 10 interceptor missiles to be based in Poland.Nato's backing of the US missile defence system has been harshly condemned by Vladimir Putin, Russia's president.Putin will attend the summit on Friday, where he is expected to express his fears of a new arms race.Macedonia refused
Decisions on which ex-Soviet states would be permitted membership action plan (Map) status, which puts applicants on a clear path to membership, were also made.
The Greeks consider the Macedonian membership a claim on their northern provinces of the same name.
Albania and Croatia , however, have been officially invited to join.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, announced that he will decide in the coming year on whether to return to Nato's military command, which Paris quit in 1966.
He also announced that about 700 more troops would be sent to Afghanistan .
France's decision to boost troop numbers to Afghanistan was reflected in a Nato "strategic vision" plan, where nations vowed to better fight the Taliban by providing their military commanders with more forces and training teams.