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Subject Russia Backs UN-Controlled Space Shield to Protect Earth
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Original Message Russia Backs UN-Controlled Space Shield to Protect Earth

Russia could rekindle missile defense relations with the United States by proposing a shield to defend Earth from stray comets, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

The new program, codenamed "Strategic Earth Defense" and backed by Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, won acclaim from President Dmitry Medvedev, several unidentified diplomats told the daily.

The proposal reminiscent of the Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly known as "Star Wars" envisages a global air, missile and space defense system capable of intercepting an array of objects, from military rockets to comets and asteroids on a collision course with Earth.

The system is to be controlled by the United Nations, not national governments which would give Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, leverage in its operations.

The proposal capitalizes on America's fondness for "saving the world" and doing such a task together with Russia, one diplomat said.

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