Poll shows 53% Poles against anti-missile shield
www.chinaview.cn 2009-03-24 00:31:59   Print

    WARSAW, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-three percent of the Polish respondents to a recent CBOS survey are against plans to install elements of a U.S. anti-missile shield in Poland.

    Twenty-two percent of the polled support the idea, Polish news agency PAP reported on Monday, quoting the survey.

    In the opinion of 56 percent of Poles, the shield should not be constructed if the United States reached agreement with Russia and forced Iran to give up its nuclear program, while 27 percent think the project should continue.

    CBOS ran the survey on a sample of 979 adult Poles on March 4-10.

    Under the Polish-U.S. accord, 10 ground base interceptors are to be installed in Redzikowo, northern Poland, part of a larger system that would include a radar system in the Czech Republic.

    Russia objects the anti-missile shield plan, warning it will deploy a short-range missile system in its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad bordering Poland, in response to U.S. plans to set up a missile shield in Poland.

    U.S. President Barack Obama has said he supports missile defense in principle but wants to make sure the system is reliable and does not detract from other security priorities.

Editor: Yan
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