The United States and Russia are planning to hold technical talks on missile defense sometime at the end of this month, the State Department said.
The meeting, due to be held here, is being arranged after Russian President Vladimir Putin made proposals on missile defense cooperation in recent meetings with President George W. Bush.
"The first step is for our experts to get together and do a down-in-the-weeds technical assessment of capabilities," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.
The United States and Russia have been at odds on the U.S plan to build a missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Washington says the missile shield is intended to protect Europe from the potential threat of a nuclear missile attack from another country.
But Russia believes the U.S. anti-missile system is aimed at its nuclear arsenal and will damage the balance of strategic forces in Europe. It warned recently that it could respond by putting new missiles in western Russia.
Putin suggested on July 2 when he had talks with Bush in Maine that the U.S. use current or proposed radar sites in Azerbaijan and southern Russia, adding this would eliminate the need for a proposed radar site in the Czech Republic and a battery of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2007, 19:04