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Most Poles object to US missile defense base
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Fifty-four percent of poles believed that the U.S. anti-missile base in Poland would increase the risk of a terrorist attack against Poland, a CBOS poll showed.

The U.S. plans to place elements of missile defense system in Poland are opposed by 47 percent of Poles and supported by 39 percent, Polish news agency PAP on Monday quoted the poll as saying.

Fifty-eight percent had no doubts that the base will be installed in Poland, with 23 percent expecting that the plans will be abandoned, according to the poll, carried out among 1,011 adult Poles on Dec. 4-10.

The United States and Poland formally signed in August an agreement to deploy parts of the U.S. global missile shield in the East European country.

Russia objects to the anti-missile shield plan, warning it will deploy a short-range missile system in its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad bordering Poland, in response to U.S. plans to set up a missile shield in Poland.

(Xinhua News Agency December 23, 2008)

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