MOSCOW (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Moscow to discuss missile defense with Russian leaders, but those talks are sure to be overshadowed by the U.S.-led bombing campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Gates is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. But he does not have an appointment with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who railed Monday against the strikes on Libya, likening them to "a medieval call for a crusade."
Putin appeared to link the Libya action to the ongoing debate between the U.S. and Russia over a planned European missile defense shield, suggesting it proved Russia is correct to heighten its own defenses.
Russia abstained in the U.N. Security Council vote for intervention in Libya, essentially allowing it to go forward.