Rasmussen recalled that last December the alliance's allies had decided to expand their own missile defense system and invited Russia to join this work. At the same time, such an invitation was also sent to other Euro-Atlantic partners, therefore, they can participate in the creation of the European missile defense system if they wish so and can make their own contribution.
Since NATO is considering the future missile defense system as such that consists of two separate, though related missile defense systems of NATO and Russia, journalists asked Rasmussen in which of these two parts of the "Euro-Atlantic" missile defense system Ukraine can find its place.
The secretary general avoided a direct answer to this question, citing the fact that the process of determining the architecture of the future missile defense system has just begun.
"The final architecture [of the missile defense system] will largely depend on who will participate in its creation and who will be able to make their own contribution to its development. We are now at the initial stage of this process, because NATO decided to establish a missile defense system only three months ago. I know that Ukraine is great interest in this subject from Ukraine. During my visit, I would like to consider the question of Ukraine's possible contribution to the development of the Euro-Atlantic missile defense system. This will certainly be taken into account," he said.
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