U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is set to sign a deal in Warsaw Wednesday on deploying a controversial American missile shield in Poland, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski announced.
Sikorski confirmed the timing in an interview published Monday in the daily newspaper Dziennik.
"The program is being finalized, but its likely that the (Polish) prime minister (Donald Tusk) and the secretary of state will make a political declaration, and the ministers will sign the technical deal on the base," Sikorski added.
Polish government officials were not immediately available for comment.
On Sunday, Rice had told the
Washington insists the shield -- endorsed by all 26 NATO member states earlier this year -- is to fend off potential missile attacks by what it calls "rogue states", a phrase regarded as including Iran.
The plan, however, has become a major source of tension with