Ukraine official says no talks with USA on missile defence program

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LONDON. October 22. KAZINFORM. Ukraine's First Deputy Defence Minister Valery Ivashchenko said that Kiev had not held negotiations with the USA on possible participation in the U.S. missile defence programme; Kazinform refers to Itar-Tass.

The Ukrainian official is in Sofia, where he takes part in a session of defence ministers of Southeast European countries. "We received a message from the USA that Washington will not involve in its missile defence non-NATO countries," Ivashchenko said.

He noted, however, that Ukrainian radars in Sevastopol could track "Iranian missiles". European media outlets have quoted Ivashchenko; Kazinform cites Itar-Tass. See www.itar-tass.com for full version.

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