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USA: Ballistic Missile Defence

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the United States Administration and (b) her European Union counterparts on the effects on European security of the placing of anti-ballistic missile systems in eastern European Union countries; and what representations she has made to the Russian Government on President Putin’s criticisms of anti-ballistic missile systems deployment. (141622)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary gave to the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) on 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 237W, and the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East to the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson) on 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1375W. I have had no additional discussions with the US Government or EU Foreign Ministers. The UK is engaged in discussion of this issue through NATO (including the NATO-Russia Council) and other forums.