Polish support for missile defense pact soars

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Support in Poland for the country's missile defense agreement with the United States has soared in the wake of Russia's military invasion of Georgia.

A poll shows 58 percent of those surveyed support the pact slated to be signed this week. That's up from 30 percent in March of last year. A survey researcher says it's the first time a majority of Poles have backed the plan.

Negotiations on the deal began about a year-and-a-half ago. The two countries finally struck an agreement on placing 10 missile defense interceptors in Poland last week.

Poland's prime minister says the U.S. has agreed to help Poland's defenses in exchange for putting the interceptors in the country.

Russia opposes the deal. A Russian general said last week that Poland was exposing itself to an attack, possibly nuclear, by accepting the interceptors.

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

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