DATE=10/26/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / RUSSIA (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-255499 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says Russian officials are overreacting to an administration proposal that would allow the United States to build a new missile defense system. From the State Department, VOA's Kyle King reports. TEXT: Secretary of State Albright says she is troubled by the strong Russian statements against changes the United States is proposing in the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The United States is proposing the changes to allow it to build a limited missile defense system. Russia's first deputy defense minister (Nikolai Mikhailov) said Monday that Russia may deploy more offensive missiles if the United States goes ahead with its plans. He said new Russian multi-warhead missiles could overwhelm the proposed U-S defense system, which is designed to shoot down incoming warheads. Secretary of State Albright called the Russian remarks an overreaction. /// ALBRIGHT ACT /// I must say that I was troubled by the reports today of some statements by the Russian military that I think are an overreaction to our desire to deal with what we believe is a common problem, which is the threat that comes to all of our countries which comes from rogue states trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. /// END ACT /// Ms. Albright says the two nations should be trying to solve new problems, not trying to revive old ones. The United States and Russia opened talks in Moscow last week on possible amendments to the 1972 Anti- Ballistic Missile Treaty. Russia strongly opposes U-S efforts to make amendments to the treaty to allow deployment of the missile defense system. /// REST OPT /// Ms. Albright, who spoke to reporters following talks with Dutch Foreign Minister Jozias van Aarsten, also said she is deeply concerned about events in Chechnya. News reports from the region say Russian forces are continuing their advance on the Chechen capital of Grozny. Mr. Van Aarsten said it was important to give Russia a warning about its offensive in Chechnya, and he said he agreed on the need for a dialogue with Moscow. (Signed) NEB/KBK/KL 26-Oct-1999 14:54 PM EDT (26-Oct-1999 1854 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .