Foreign minister intends active involvement in new missile defence debate

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Kohout has said that the interim government will take active part in the debate over the form of any new missile defence system. The statement comes a day ahead of the arrival of American Vice President Joe Biden, who will be visiting the Czech Republic to discuss new US plans for the system. Mr Biden is currently in Poland, which was also to host a part of the system. US President Barack Obama definitively cancelled his predecessor’s plan for a missile defence system involving interceptor missiles in Poland and a tracking station in the Czech Republic, and has said his administration is currently looking at a new, more efficient system.