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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - James Appathurai
NATO still hopes to engage Russia in its prospective missile defense system but won't yield to Moscow's push for the shield to be run jointly, an alliance envoy said Tuesday.
NATO still hopes to engage Russia in its prospective missile-defense system, but won't yield to Moscow's push for the shield to be run jointly, an alliance envoy said Tuesday.
President Hamid Karzai said that U.S. plans to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next year had boosted the Taliban's spirits, while an insurgent attack killed eight Afghan police in the country's increasingly volatile north Thursday.
The expansion of NATO and the European Union have brought benefits to former members of the Soviet bloc, but raised new questions about the missions of these institutions and their decision-making abilities.
Mr. Appathurai denied that expansion has made decision-making more difficult, except in one area.
"You have to look at the size of their armed forces and remember that in most cases they had Soviet armed forces, which they've had to convert, at enormous cost, to the NATO standard at a period of financial difficulty," he said. "Proportionally, most of them are contributing as much as the long-standing members."