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"This is not productive," said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday, talking about US President Barack Obama's secret proposition to halt the US missile shield programme in Europe in exchange for help on the Iran nuclear issue.
AFP - US President Barack Obama has written his Russian counterpart about the relationship between US plans to deploy a missile defense system in Europe and the Iranian "threat," a senior US official said Tuesday.
But the overture was rebuffed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who said in Spain Tuesday that it was "not productive" to link talks over a US missile defense system in Europe with Iran's suspected nuclear program as proposed by Washington.
"If we are to speak about some sort of exchange, the question has not been presented in such a way, because it is not productive," Medvedev said when asked about a letter US President Barack Obama wrote to him regarding the two issues.
"Our American partners are ready to discuss this problem," the Russian leader added at a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. "This is already good."
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Obama suggested in a secret letter to Medvedev that he would back off deployment of the missile defense shield if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range missiles.
Confirming that Obama sent a letter to Medvedev, a White House official told AFP on condition of anonymity that the missive covered "a broad range of topics including missile defense and how it relates to the Iranian threat."
Obama raised the possibility in a letter to Russia seeking help in trying to end Iran's nuclear program, a senior administration official said. Contrary to news reports, it was not a secret letter, the official said
and if they balk it could show the world that the Russians are the ones who have no or little clout on Tehran
Stay tuned people
what evidence thay used to attack Iraq. but the program to install the shield in central europe was to protect against attacks. and I found it as a possibly the intrument against the wars for a change"