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The United States says it has no plans to deploy U.S. radar systems or
weaponry in Ukraine, following comments by a U.S. defense official that
caused Russia to seek clarification.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of
Defense Alexander Vershbow was quoted by Defense News magazine Thursday
as saying Washington had added Ukraine to a list of possible early
warning sites in the region for a newly reconfigured missile defense
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Vershbow's statement was "unexpected" and called on the U.S. to explain.
told reporters Thursday that countries in the region, including
Ukraine, may have radar that could contribute to an early-warning
system. The U. S. Defense Department said Vershbow said nothing about
stationing U.S. radar or any other missile defense system in Ukraine.
Obama announced last month that he would replace the Bush
administration's plan for a missile shield in Eastern Europe with a new
and more flexible system based on new intelligence and technology.
appointed Ukrainian Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko said Friday that
deploying a new anti-missile system in Ukraine would be
The Ukrainian parliament voted Friday to
confirm Poroshenko - an ally of Ukraine's embattled President Viktor
Yushchenko - as the country's foreign minister.
President Dmitri Medvedev refused to hold talks with the pro-western
Yushchenko Friday in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, during a summit
of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a gathering of former Soviet
Mr. Medvedev has publicly blamed Mr. Yushchenko for
what he says are Ukraine's anti-Russian policies, including a push for
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.