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NATO rejects Russia’s missile defense worries

MUNICH — NATO’s secretary general said Saturday the alliance has no intention of backing down on its plans for a European missile defense system, despite ongoing criticism from Russia.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that in dealings with Moscow ‘‘this question of missile defense remains . . . the big elephant in the room.’’ But he said NATO’s decision has been made and he hopes Russia will work together with the alliance on the issue.

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