MOSCOW - The Russia-NATO project to build a joint missile defense system for Europe is a "practical test" of cooperation between the two sides, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
He called the project "an absolutely concrete practical test" for whether the two sides are capable of building a joint "undivided" security system for the European continent.
Meanwhile, Lavrov noted that negotiations with the United States and NATO were proceeding slowly.
"We are convinced that we should have started with coordinating a joint concept and joint architecture of a future European missile defense system. The process is moving ahead, although slowly," Lavrov said at a press conference in Russia's westmost region Kaliningrad after meeting with Polish and German colleagues.
Russia and NATO agreed to cooperate on the so-called Euro missile shield during the Russia-NATO Council summit in Lisbon in November 2010.
NATO insists there should be two independent systems that exchange information, while Russia favors a joint system with full-scale interoperability and demands NATO to guarantee that the system would not be aimed against Russian targets. (Xinhua)