Russia's NATO envoy says that Moscow and the alliance have until 2018 to find agreement on a prospective U.S.-led missile defense plan in Europe.
Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday the two sides should show creativity in finding a solution that would satisfy both sides before the year 2018, when Washington would like first interceptor missiles to be based in Poland, close to Russia.
Moscow considers Washington's plan as a potential threat to its security.
Rogozin stressed that the plan stands a chance of success only if it is implemented with Russia, and not against its interests.
He said he believes a solution will be found because NATO and the U.S. are ready to talk. Rogozin was in NATO-member Poland for talks with top security advisers.