US and Poland sign missile deal
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  • The US and Poland signed a deal to locate part of the US's controversial missile defence system on Polish soil after 18 months of negotiations. The development caused further Russian discomfort. The Russians fear that these missiles could be used to launch a nuclear strike. The agreement, which has yet to be ratified by the Polish parliament, was signed by Secretary of State Rice and Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski. Rice emphasised that the system was purely defensive in nature and was not aimed against any country. Russia however maintained that the deal could usher in a new arms race in Europe.1