Biden Says U.S. Will Pursue Missile Plan Russia Opposes

The United States will pursue a missile defense plan that has angered the Kremlin, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Saturday, in a signal that the post-cold-war tensions that have flared recently between Washington and Moscow could continue into the new Obama administration.

The New York Times

Biden Outlines Foreign Policy Agenda

But Mr. Biden did not say whether the administration would move forward with a plan to place the system in Eastern Europe, which had been the core of recent tensions. He also offered conciliatory words, saying, “It is time to press the reset button, and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia.”

The highly anticipated speech, seen as the first major outline of the new administration’s relations with the world, came just days after Kyrgyzstan’s president announced a decision to close a United States base there that is crucial to the war in Afghanistan, which Mr. Obama has made his biggest foreign policy priority. The announcement was made in Moscow, and many American officials concluded that the Russians had pressured Kyrgyzstan as part of their campaign to reassert control over former Soviet republics.

It was unclear on Saturday if Mr. Biden’s statements on missile defense were meant to suggest that the Obama administration…

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