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Poland and the US have reached an agreement on a controversial US missile shield in the European nation, the Polish prime minister has said.

Donald Tusk said the US had agreed to a key Polish demand that it improve Poland's defences in exchange for placing 10 missile defence intercepters in the country.

"We have achieved ... an agreement with the Americans... The negotiators are finalising the deal now," he told Polish media on Thursday.

The agreement follows 18 months of negotiations and comes at a time of tension between the US and Russia over the conflict in Georgia.

The US says the shield is to prevent potential missile attacks by "rogue states", including, it says, Iran, and is not directed against Russia.

by Fran on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 03:08:57 PM EST
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