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Polish PM says U.S. shield deal seems nearer - Yahoo! News

WARSAW (Reuters) - The conflict between Russia and Georgia, which shocked capitals and markets with its speed and ferocity, may help Poland and the United States finally reach a deal on deploying a U.S. anti-missile system on Polish soil, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

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Tusk said the latest signs from Washington indicated the United States was now ready to meet his demands for enhanced military cooperation with Poland in return for consent to host parts of the installation.

"I will not announce a success before the ink is dry but the information we are getting makes the acceptance of my government's demands by the U.S. more probable than only a few weeks ago," Tusk told a news conference.

Tusk spoke as the West tried to firm up a ceasefire to end days of fighting between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia, which battered the region, forced nearly 100,000 people from their homes and killed nearly 2,000.

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:33:47 PM EST
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Hah! I think this more fits into the special focus section: this seems meta-communication between the superpowers via an intermediary.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:36:21 PM EST
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Because as we have just recently learned, provoking Russia, for seemingly little else than the sake of provoking Russia, is an extremely good idea. The correct response is always to exacerbate the problem.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 05:43:23 PM EST
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At least until November.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 06:18:58 PM EST
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well, h-o-w convenient!!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 08:25:25 PM EST
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Me so confused. Me thought missile system only have use with Iran threat. What does Russia or Georgia have to do with this?

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 02:21:40 AM EST
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The missile system is Simpson's Comedy Diplomacy. It doesn't work, it wouldn't do anything useful  if it did, and even as an anti-Russian weapon it's strategically useless.

You might as well have a diplomatic fight about a lawnmower.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 06:44:44 AM EST
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