MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the United States will hold missile defense talks on October 12 in Moscow, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
"We hope to receive from the United States full and detailed information concerning the new approaches of the U.S. administration towards the formation of their missile defense system," the source said.
At Monday's talks, the Russian negotiators will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov while the U.S. delegation will be headed by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher.
The U.S. has deployed missile defense bases and radars in Alaska and California, stationary radars in Greenland, the U.K. and Japan. It also has a number of sea-based radar systems.
U.S. President Barack Obama in September delayed the deployment of a radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland until 2015. According to the Obama administration's new plan, land-based missile-defense shields will not be implemented before 2015. Sea-based defenses will operate in the Mediterranean up to 2015.
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