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Press release, 01.02.2000


Grigory Yavlinsky: "Russia and Europe need a joint anti-missile umbrella"

The leader of the Yabloko association, Grigory Yavlinsky, advocates a revision of the Soviet-American anti-missile defence treaty (signed in 1972) and the creation of a joint Russian-European anti-missile defence.

In an interview with journalists on January 31, 2000, Grigory Yavlinsky said that "Russia should create together with Europe a limited anti-missile defence system with a potential of up to one hundred missiles".

"The USA need such an umbrella, and the Americans put forward this question. But we, Russia and Europe, also need such an umbrella," noted Grigory Yavlinsky. He also indicated that we could be talking here about the creation of a joint anti-missile system, based on Russian technologies. Speaking about the Reduction in Aggressive Weapons - 2 Treaty, Grigory Yavlinsky confirmed the steadfast principled position of the Yabloko faction that will support ratification of this treaty in the State Duma.

Based on Interfax reports.