A senior American Defense Department (Pentagon) official said Thursday that his country is considering options for European missile defense other than current plans for a system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow told lawmakers in the House of Representatives at a hearing on relations with Russia that the Obama administration is looking at various configurations as part of its review of missile defense plans.

"The site in Poland and the radar in the Czech Republic are among the options that are being considered, together with other options that might be able to perform the mission as well,’’ Vershbow said.

Obama administration has been seeking better relations with Russia, which adamantly opposes America’s plans made by the former Bush administration to install 10 interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic.

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Related article: Moscow set to overhaul its armed forces, by Viktor Litovkin, Voltaire Network; 13 January 2006.

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