President Barack Obama has told Russian president Dmitry Medvedev he may drop U.S plans for a missile defense system in eastern Europe.
Obama sent him a letter saying he might do that if Russia agrees to help block Iran from developing long-range missiles.
"What I said in the letter is the same thing I've said publicly," Obama said. "Which is that the missile defense that we have talked about deploying is directed towards not Russia, but Iran."
"That has always been the concern, that you had potentially a missile from Iran that threatened either the U.S. or Europe," the President added.
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Shield Designed to Protect U.S. Allies
The Bush administration had commissioned the shield to protect U.S. allies in Europe from Iran.
But Russia protested because the missile defense system was being established near its border in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Medvedev said he had talked with Obama over the phone and exchanged letters with him, but added that there was "no talk about some kind of trade-off, or quid pro quo."
The two leaders are expected to meet at the G-20 economic summit in London next month.
Source: The Associated Press