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Russian FM: Questions on US Missiles Unanswered

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the United States has not adequately answered questions about its plans to deploy a missile defense system in two NATO countries.

Lavrov told reporters Tuesday in Moscow that bilateral talks have provided some information on the system proposed for Poland and the Czech Republic. But he said for the most part, Russian concerns have not been addressed.

The United States has said the planned missile defense system is to counter threats from what U.S. authorities call rogue states such as North Korea and Iran.

Russian news agencies quote U.S. Ambassador William Burns today as saying the deployment is a modest proposal that poses no threat to Russia.

Burns told reporters in the Siberian city of Tyumen, Washington will work to clear any Russian misunderstandings about the deployment.

On Monday, Russia's national security council said it will develop a new national military doctrine to counter the growth and strengthening of NATO forces in Europe.

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