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Federal Minister Steinmeier on changes to US missile defence plans

17.09.2009 - Press release

Commenting on President Obama’s announcement today that the United States would not continue to pursue its missile defence plans for Central Europe in their current form, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (17 September):

“I am glad that after today’s decision we now have the opportunity to have a new discussion with all partners on the issue of missile defence in Europe.

From the very start I warned that, ultimately, we need more and not less joint security. That is why I always emphasized the need to find common solutions to common threats.

The step taken by the Obama Administration today is a signal to all partners that the American Government is striving for such common solutions. That is the right way forward!”

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