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Putin: Compromise With US on Anti-Missile System Still Possible


Russian President Vladimir Putin says he still hopes for a compromise agreement with the United States on American plans for deploying an anti-missile defense system in eastern Europe.

Russian news agencies report Mr. Putin's comments during his visit to the United Arab Emirates. The reports say the Russian leader stressed the importance of avoiding what he called "sabre-rattling or confrontation" and instead seek compromise.

His comments came as Russian and U.S. experts met in Paris for another round of talks on the issue.

U.S. officials say the plan for placing 10 missile interceptors in Poland and radar monitors in the Czech Republic is aimed at a possible attack by rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. Russia calls it a threat to its security, and says it will lead to a new arms race.

On other issues, Mr. Putin also said Russia may retaliate if the United States and Europe move to restrict his country's investment in their economies.

European Union countries have repeatedly expressed concern over Russian efforts to control strategic enterprises such as energy firms on their territories.

The Russian leader also stressed that he will continue to play an active role in the country's government until the final expiration of his term next year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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