U.S. Cites Progress In Talks With Russia On Missile Plan

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Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
March 28, 2008 By Associated Press
WASHINGTON - U.S. negotiators said Thursday that they had made progress in drafting a document with Russian counterparts that could include a deal on the divisive U.S. missile-defense plan.
The U.S. officials said they hope to complete the document laying out areas of agreement before a meeting between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for April 6 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. The two days of talks with the Russian delegation began Wednesday.
However, the officials who led the U.S. negotiating team - Daniel Fried, acting undersecretary of state for political affairs, and John Rood, undersecretary for arms control and international security - said it was unclear whether disagreements over missile defense and other issues would be resolved in time.
The talks with the Russian delegation were intended to build on a visit to Moscow earlier this month by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The two officials made proposals that would allow Russia to monitor prospective missile-defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic.