Monday, January 7, 2008

Poland Signals Doubts About Planned U.S.Bases

Poland has again signaled doubt over moving forward with a plan for United States missile defense bases on their territory, according to the New York Times.

The Polish government is concerned about the cost of both buildinmg and maintaining the bases, and fear they could be stuck with them if a future US presidential administration decides to abandon the project. They are also concerned about increasing tensions with Russia, which is strongly opposed to the bases.

Finally the Polsih government questions the need for the bases. The United States has said that the missile defense system is necessary to protect against threats from "rogue states" like Iran. Poland, however, does not feel that there is a legitimate missile threat from Iran.

Negotiations over the bases are promised to continue.
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