Georgia Considers Hosting US Missile Defense System

MOSCOW–Georgia is prepared to consider basing elemen’s of a U.S. missile shield system on its soil, the country’s foreign minister said Wednesday. "If the US came and told us that they want to, we would certainly be willing to talk about it," Gela Bezhuashvili said in an interview with British daily The Financial Times. He said the Americans have not formally requested talks with Georgia. "There is no formal application, not even informal talks," he said. "But if they ask for help, we will talk with them." Bezhuashvili said the majority of the country’s population supports NATO membership. "We have public support for NATO membership at 84 per cent, have recently doubled our troops in Iraq – I do not think it would be a problem," he said. But he said that while relations with the U.S. are improving, further tension was expected in relations with Russia. "I think the relationship will actually deteriorate in the future. The "dynamics in all of this" were "not very promising," he said.-0-/39/

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