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Travels with Gates
The West Needs a Defense System That Works
COMMENTARY: Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2007 – Sixteen years after the end of the Cold War, the transatlantic community and Russia are not adversaries. Indeed, on a number of issues, we are partners. We both face a number of common challenges, among the most threatening is the possibility that a dangerous state will use ballistic missiles, tipped with nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction, to hold our societies hostage – or worse. Make no mistake: This is a real challenge. Read More

  Germany
Gates, German Defense Leaders Discuss Military

BERLIN, Germany, April 26, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with Germany defense leaders yesterday on the last leg of a three-day trip to Moscow, Warsaw and Berlin to discuss U.S. plans to base a missile defense network in Europe.

The network will protect Europe, the United States and Russia from long-range ballistic missiles launched by such rogue nations as Iran and North Korea. At a joint news conference with Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, Gates pointed out that these missiles can carry weapons of mass destruction. Read More

Some Russians Oppose Missile Defense Plan

BERLIN, April 25, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he is not surprised that some Russian officials have different points of view on the U.S. plan to base missile defense assets in Eastern Europe.

“We’ve made some very far-reaching proposals, and I have no doubt that there’s debate in Moscow about how to respond under the circumstances,” the secretary said at a news conference here with German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung. Read More

  Poland
Missile Defense Will Enhance Security

WARSAW, Poland, April 24, 2007 – U.S. and Polish defense leaders agree that basing ground-based, missile defense interceptors in Poland will enhance the country’s security.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with Polish Minister of National Defense Aleksander Szczyglo here to discuss the planned deployment, along with Poland’s participation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More

Gates, Polish Leaders Discuss Missile Defense

WARSAW, Poland, April 24, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to meet with President Lech Kaczynski and Minister of National Defense Aleksander Szczyglo and continue talks on European missile defense

The visit here is the second leg of a three-day, three-country trip that began in Russia yesterday and will wind up in Germany tomorrow. Gates departed Washington a day after returning from a five-day trip to Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Iraq. Read More

  Russia
Gates Asks Russia to Partner on Missile Defense

MOSCOW, April 23, 2007 – The United States intends to be prepared for future threats and is inviting Russia to become a partner in a defensive endeavor, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said . Read More

U.S., Russia to Form Group on Missile Defense

MOSCOW, April 23, 2007 – The United States and Russia will form a working group of experts to discuss the proposed U.S. plan to base missile defenses in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced here today. Read More

Gates in Russia to Discuss Missile Defense

MOSCOW, April 23, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here yesterday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian security officials to discuss U.S. plans to base missile defense assets in Eastern Europe. Read More

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German military members greet U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as he arrives in Berlin, April 25, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi Res | Photo Essay
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, Poland, April 24, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates meets with Russian Security Council Chairman Igor Ivanov at the Kremlin in Moscow, April 24, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi Res | Photo Essay I | Photo Essay II | Photo Essay III