By STEVEN ERLANGER and JACKIE CALMES
LISBON — NATO leaders agreed on Friday evening to establish a missile defense shield that would cover all NATO member states, and on Saturday they expect Russia to agree to discuss the possibility of cooperating on the system’s development.
President Obama, who has promoted a less costly, more flexible missile defense system that will have components in Europe and at sea, praised the day’s work, saying that for the first time “we’ve agreed to develop a missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations as well as the United States.”
President Barack Obama with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain during a group portrait session at the NATO meeting in Lisbon on Friday.
A sealed trash container along President Barack Obama’s motorcade route and a guard at the Belem National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal.
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