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HEILIGENDAMM, Germany — The high-stakes game of one-upmanship over a planned U.S. missile-defense shield in Eastern Europe continued yesterday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying missiles could be located in Turkey, or even Iraq or on sea platforms.
“They could be placed in the south, in U.S. NATO allies such as Turkey, or even Iraq,” Mr. Putin said at a press conference after the close of the Group of Eight summit. “They could also be placed on sea platforms.”
While President Bush, who met with the Russian leader Thursday on the sidelines of the G-8 summit here, said only that the ideas were “interesting,” his secretary of state yesterday all but shot down the proposal.
“One does not choose sites for missile defense out of the blue,” she said in an interview. “It’s geometry and geography as to how you intercept a missile.”
Still, she said the United States would consider the offer. “This is an idea that has not yet been vetted,” she said of Mr. Putin’s proposal. “We have to see whether Azerbaijan makes any sense in the context of missile defense.”
Mr. Bush has won agreement from the Czech Republic and Poland to install advanced radar equipment and 10 missiles, to be deployed if a rogue nation such as Iran attacks U.S. allies. The Kremlin leader accused Mr. Bush of seeking to restart the Cold War and threatened to target European sites if the system is installed.
Mr. Bush, who missed some morning meetings because of an upset stomach, traveled later yesterday to Poland, where he won strong support from the Polish president for the installation of missiles in his country.
“This is the plan which is to reinforce the protection of Europe against the dangers which result from the fact that not all the countries of the contemporary world are responsible — we do not mean Russia here,” said President Lech Kaczynski.
“The Russian federation can feel totally safe,” he said.
He said that a working group including the United States and Russia would “discuss different opportunities and different options, all aimed at providing protection for people from rogue regimes who might be in a position to either blackmail and or attack those of us who live in free societies.”
“If [the Russian proposal] is a way to begin more serious discussions about what we believe is a common threat — which is the threat of the Irans and North Koreas of the world launching missiles — that’s a very positive development,” she said.
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