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NATO shelves plan to meet with Kyiv on Ballistic Missile Defense, - WSJ
21:48, 2 February 2017
NATO shelves plan to meet with Kyiv on Ballistic Missile Defense, - WSJ

The Alliance is at an awkward moment with Russia

21:48, 2 February 2017

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has shelved a plan to meet with Ukrainian officials about the alliance’s missile-defense system in Romania, because the alliance is trying to avoid provoking Russia. The Wall Street Journal reports that citing the source.

NATO had considered meeting with Ukraine to discuss the possibility that debris or an errant interceptor could fall on their territory if the alliance’s missile-defense system were used.

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The decision not to meet with Ukraine comes as the alliance is at an awkward moment with Russia. NATO is beginning to build up its deterrent force on Russia’s border—the first German forces set out on Tuesday—even as President Donald Trump looks to build relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Related: Russia attacked Ukrainian Navy aircraft near Odesa

NATO in the past has discussed its missile-defense system with Japan and European partners. The NATO diplomats said the new round of discussions would begin with Finland, Sweden and partners in the Middle East.

The system is designed to intercept ballistic missiles fired from Iran, which, U.S. officials said, recently conducted a new test.

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