DATE=6/9/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=NATO / DEFENSE MINISTERS (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-263319 BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=LONDON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: NATO Defense Ministers met with their Russian counterpart in Brussels Friday to get more details on Moscow's proposal for a joint European anti-missile defense system. Correspondent Laurie Kassman has the story. TEXT: Russia's defense minister, Igor Sergeyev, provided information about the Russian proposal, but the 19 NATO ministers say they need to read it more carefully. Mr. Sergeyev did not offer any details to the media in Brussels but assured them the plan does not violate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. U-S defense officials say the Russian plan for a joint European anti-missile system must not replace in any way the U-S project of a missile defense shield. One official suggested it could supplement -- but not substitute for -- the U-S system. Washington says the system would protect against attacks from rogue states like North Korea or Iraq. Moscow has opposed the U-S plan as a threat to European security that could spark a global arms race. NATO defense ministers also discussed future weapons procurement plans that envision multilateral purchases. The United States, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and the Netherlands have announced they will look at joint purchases of precision air-to- ground equipment to save on the high costs. U-S Defense Secretary William Cohen sees the joint purchases as another way to strengthen the European pillar of the trans-Atlantic alliance by pooling resources to maximize purchasing power. NEB/LK/GE/KL 09-Jun-2000 08:35 AM EDT (09-Jun-2000 1235 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .