“In Russia we duly noted President Obama's statement about the United States' new approach to the issue of missile defence.
I have discussed this issue with Mr President during our meetings in London and Moscow. Along with this we agreed that the United States and Russia will strive to work together to assess the risks of missile proliferation in the world, and integrated this aspiration into our agreements, our joint statements.
Today's statement from Washington shows that there are good conditions to pursue such work. Of course, we still have to hold relevant expert consultations, and naturally our country is ready for this.
In any case, during my meeting with President Obama scheduled for September 23 in New York, we will have a good opportunity to exchange views on all issues affecting strategic stability, including missile defence.
I hope that we'll be able to instruct the appropriate departments, both Russian and American, to intensify cooperation, including with European countries and other concerned states. We will work together to develop effective measures against the risks of missile proliferation. Measures that take into account the interests and concerns of all parties, and ensure equal security for all countries in European territory.
We appreciate the responsible attitude of the President of the United States towards implementing our agreements. I am ready to continue our dialogue.”