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Georgia hails the shift of U.S. missile defense closer to Caucasus2009-09-18 17:36
"It's a very positive decision, it will increase Georgia's influence in the region, also as defender of Georgia's national interests, and in this case our national interests coincide with American ", said David Darchiashvili, the chairman of the parliamentary committee for European reintegration - the VZGLYAD.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Akakiy Minashvili, the chairman of the parliamentary committee for foreign affairs mentioned that deployment of U.S. missile defense "closer to Caucsus" will be a "mechanism of political defense in relations of Georgia with Russia in conditions when Russia conducts aggressive policy towards Georgia".
In the course of new U.S. missile defense architecture pentagon plans to deploy radars of early warning of launches in Caucasus instead of the Czech Republic.
According to James Cartwright, current Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the new architecture implies relocation of radar working in centimeter diapason, and that one is likely to be placed in Caucasus, though he didn't mention where.
These radars can detect and monitor objects at the size of a baseball ball at the distance of 4 700 km [2 920 miles].
The new system is aimed to defend against intermediate and short range missiles.