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Poland and Czech Republic close to signing US missile defense deal

Poland's deputy prime minister says that differences remain in the Polish and U.S. approaches to an agreement on placing a U.S. missile defense base here.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk held a 40-minute telephone conversation with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney late Thursday about the U.S. proposal to place 10 missile interceptors in northern Poland.

Deputy Prime Minister Grzegorz Schetyna told state television early Friday that the two leaders' talk "did not decide anything" but "exposed differences in approach on both sides, including Poland's expectations."

Schetyna said Poland must make the decision "soon" and "we are getting closer to it."

In the meantime, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg says that his government will sign a deal with the United States next week on installing a U.S. missile defense radar.

Schwarzenberg said Friday during a visit to the ex-Soviet nation of Azerbaijan that the deal will be signed in Prague on July 8 or 9.

The United States has negotiated a deal to install a radar in the Czech Republic as part of the planned missile defense system. U.S. officials also have agreed on the framework of a deal to place 10 missile interceptors in Poland, but Polish officials say they have not made the final decision yet.

Russia has strongly opposed the plans, saying it would threaten its security.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month

Israel can learn many lessons with the help of Russia's S-300 air defence systems in Syria

Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems

Israel vows to destroy Russia's S-300 in Syria in case of danger
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