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Deeper U.S. commitment sought

Poland expects the United States to carry through with its promises of deeper military cooperation even if President Obama scraps plans for a missile defense base in Poland, the foreign minister said today.

The comments came as Obama’s administration is still deciding whether to continue a Bush-backed plan for a missile defense shield in Europe, a controversial project that has enraged Russia and created fears across Europe of a new Cold War.

Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said Poland expects the U.S. to honor those pledges even if the missile defense project collapses.

"Regardless of what kind of decision the U.S. will take, we expect that the declaration on strategic cooperation will be fulfilled," Sikorski said in a speech to Poland’s parliament.

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