Viewing cable 07LISBON550
Title: PORTUGAL SIDES WITH NATO ON US MISSILE ASSET ISSUE

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07LISBON5502007-03-06 09:59:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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DEPARTMENT FOR FRIED, DESUTTER, ROOD, NSC FOR STEPHENS, 
ANSLEY, AND OSD/P FOR GREEN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/27/2017 
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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL SIDES WITH NATO ON US MISSILE ASSET ISSUE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 21640 
 
Classified By: Dana M. Brown, Pol-Econ Officer, Embassy Lisbon. 
Reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Pol-Econ officer outlined our concerns regarding the 
recent Russian threats against Poland and the Czech Republic 
in a meeting with MFA Disarmament and Security Officer Felipe 
Ramalheira.  Ramalheira welcomed the information about the 
consultations with Russia and noted that he had not been 
aware of those meetings or of Poland and the Czech Republic's 
expressed interest in hosting U.S. defense assets. 
 
¶2. (C) Ramalheira assured us that the issue would be 
discussed at the next EU meeting on global disarmament and 
underscored that Portugal's position will be in keeping with 
other NATO allies.  He speculated that Russia's current 
criticism reflects their resentment for having U.S. assets in 
such close proximity, but acknowledged that the intent was to 
protect Central Europe from a possible Middle East attack. 
 
¶3. (C) COMMENT: Portugal will continue to support its NATO 
partners in matters involving Russia and NATO in the 
foreseeable future.  End Comment. 
Hoffman