European Missile Defense Plan

President Barack Obama announces a "phased, adaptive approach" to U.S. missile defense in Europe during a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Sept. 17, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Abandons Key Part Of European Missile Defense Plan Opposed By Russia

In adding 14 interceptors to a missile defense system based in Alaska and California, the U.S. abandoned a key part of a European missile defense plan that had been strongly opposed by Russia. At the same time, the decision provided a potential opening for new arms control talks.