US Wants More Time For Missile Base Decision

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says
Poland has been asked to give America more time to decide how and
whether to proceed with a missile shield there and in the Czech
Republic.
Speaking to a news conference at a NATO meeting in Krakow, Gates
told reporters, "I basically told them that this administration
needed more time."
Gates noted Friday that President Barack Obama currently is
dealing with an economic crisis at home and a review of war policy
in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He said the missile shield, which
Russia vehemently opposes, also is under review. It was initially
proposed by the Bush administration.
Gates said the United States also is engaged in a review
currently of its relations with Poland, the Czech Republic and
Russia.


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