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Polish TV says U.S. to deploy air defense base on Baltic coast in Poland

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WARSAW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) - Polish TV channel TVP1 said Thursday the United States will deploy a missile defense base on the Baltic Sea coast in Poland.

Negotiations are underway in Warsaw between the U.S. and Poland on the Pentagon's planned deployment of its missile defense in the Central European country.

The U.S. announced plans in January to deploy interceptor missiles in Poland and a missile defense radar in the Czech Republic as part of its missile shield aimed at countering possible threats from "rogue states" such as Iran and North Korea.

Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday the plans jeopardize not only Russia, but the whole of Europe.

However, U.S. President George W. Bush insists that the plans are not directed against Russia.

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