Russia And The US Still Not In Agreement About Missile Defense System

MOSCOW (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a missile defense system for central Europe “would not constitute a threat” to Russia.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Washington D.C. and Moscow still don’t see eye-to-eye on it. He says his country is still opposed to U.S. plans to deploy the system.

Still, both sides say they remain confident that they can work out their differences.

Lavrov met Tuesday in Moscow with both Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

In a news conference following the meeting, Rice agreed with Lavrov that the two sides did not find agreement about the postitioning of the missile system. But, she added that they can talk about their differences “in an atmosphere of mutual respect.”