US, Poland agree to missile defense deal

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Polish prime minister says that Poland and the United States have reached an agreement that will see a battery of American missiles established inside Poland, a plan that has infuriated Russia and raised the specter of an escalation of tension with the country.

Donald Tusk, speaking in a televised interview from the capital, said Thursday that the United States agreed to Polish proposals that it help augment its defenses in exchange for placing 10 missile defense interceptors.

The deal has been reached after more than 18 months of back-and-forth, often terse, negotiations between the two countries. It's conclusion carries an especially symbolic weight in the aftermath of Russia's incursion into Georgia in recent days.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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