Following a meeting on Ukraine's entry to NATO, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates criticised Russian threats to station missiles in Poland if Ukraine joins the alliance, saying that US-Russian relations should not be "headed toward the past".
The NATO-Ukraine talks were being held in the capital of
Gates, speaking after a NATO meeting with
"Such provocative remarks are unnecessary and misguided," Gates told a news conference. He said the
"We just hope that the evolution of politics and economics in
Gates said an offer by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in an interview to French daily Le Figaro, to cancel deployment of the Iskander missiles in
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said
Though prospects looked dim for
Political splits in
"... silver, gold and bronze medals for boxing you do at the Olympic games and usually not in parliament," he said, though he added that this was "democracy at work".
Gates has pushed allies to offer
NATO is due to decide in December. De Hoop Scheffer said it was too early to say what the outcome would be.
"If the outcome will be no MAP in December, that does not mean no MAP at all. The allies will follow the trajectory they set out in
Date created : 2008-11-13