Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates April 23, 2007 Press Availability with Secretary Gates in Moscow
SECRETARY GATES: I had excellent meetings today with President Putin, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov, and Minister of Defense Serdyukov. We discussed a wide range of topics today. The focus obviously was on missile defense. We spent virtually all of the time in my meeting with Minister Serdyukov on this subject. We agreed that a bilateral working group of experts will address technical details and questions of the proposed sites, and also Russian concerns that current proposed sites and designs might someday take on different and larger form. I think we are beginning to get down to specific issues of concern to Russia. I believe the experts can both clear up any misunderstandings as well as address the Russians’ concerns. President Bush has said all along that he wants to approach this issue transparently and cooperatively both with the Russians and with the Europeans. That’s the reason that I am here in Moscow. I will be going on to Poland and Germany from here.
QUESTION: Did you discuss the possibility of placing a radar in the Caucasus?