US to share secret missile data with Russia

The US is willing to share information on European missile defenses with Russia, including the SM-3 interceptor developed by Raytheon Co., Kommersant reports.

Discussions of the issue may start before Vladimir Putin’s inauguration in May. US Assistant Defense Secretary Brad Roberts said at the US Congress last week that Washington may give data on some features of the missile system to Moscow.

Spokeswoman of the Pentagon April Cunningham confirmed the information. Thus, the White House has returned to the idea proposed in November 2011. Back then Michael Terner, Chairman of the Subcommittee for Strategic Weapons, proposed sharing information after a visit of Ellen Tosher, Deputy Secretary of State replaced by Rose Gottemoeller, to Moscow in October 2011.

A scandal started, dragging the procedure of US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul’s approval as candidate for president. Mark Kirk, US Senator from Illinois, sent a letter to McFaul, demanding information on secret negotiations with Moscow.

Washington is still expecting Russian experts to visit the Petersen Air Base, an area testing SM-3 missiles. The topic may be discussed during the visit of Gottemoeller to Moscow in late March.

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