Romania’s supreme defence council has agreed to the country taking part in US president Barack Obama’s revised plan for a missile defence shield system, president Traian Basescu said in Bucharest on February 4 2010.
Basescu said that talks between Washington and Bucharest on details would start in the near future and agreements arising from these talks will be put to the Romanian parliament for ratification.
„Terrestrial interceptors will be placed on Romania’s territory as part of the antimissile system,” Basescu said, Radio Free Europe reported. „According to the calendar agreed with the American side, the components located on Romania’s territory will become operational in 2015.”
Basescu said Bucharest has agreed to participate as the new system would „protect the whole of Romania’s territory,” emphasising that it should not be seen as hostile towards Russia.
A spokesperson for the Kremlin declined to comment and said the foreign ministry would issue a statement on the matter on February 5, news agency Reuters said.
Romanian prime minister Emil Boc said in an interview with HotNews.ro – RFI that Romania being invited to take part in the missile shield programme was „a political, diplomatic, military and strategic success”.
„The costs are minimum, the benefits are maximum,” Boc said.
He said that Romania would make a location available and that other additional costs „are to be negotiated”.
US vice president Joe Biden scored a hat trick at the close of his European tour in October 2009 when the Czech Republic joined Poland and Romania in expressing approval of the Obama administration’s new anti-missile shield plan.
In September 2009, US president Obama scrapped a Bush-era missile shield plan for Europe in favour of a revised scheme presented as mobile, flexible and intended as a defence against Iranian missiles. The Bush-era scheme was seen by Moscow as directed against Russia.

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Romania agrees to host new US missile shield system

Romania’s supreme defence council has agreed to the country taking part in US president Barack Obama’s revised plan for a missile defence shield system, president Traian Basescu said in Bucharest on February 4 2010.
Basescu said that talks between Washington and Bucharest on details would start in the near future and agreements arising from these talks will be put to the Romanian parliament for ratification.
„Terrestrial interceptors will be placed on Romania’s territory as part of the antimissile system,” Basescu said, Radio Free Europe reported. „According to the calendar agreed with the American side, the components located on Romania’s territory will become operational in 2015.”
Basescu said Bucharest has agreed to participate as the new system would „protect the whole of Romania’s territory,” emphasising that it should not be seen as hostile towards Russia.
A spokesperson for the Kremlin declined to comment and said the foreign ministry would issue a statement on the matter on February 5, news agency Reuters said.
Romanian prime minister Emil Boc said in an interview with HotNews.ro – RFI that Romania being invited to take part in the missile shield programme was „a political, diplomatic, military and strategic success”.
„The costs are minimum, the benefits are maximum,” Boc said.
He said that Romania would make a location available and that other additional costs „are to be negotiated”.
US vice president Joe Biden scored a hat trick at the close of his European tour in October 2009 when the Czech Republic joined Poland and Romania in expressing approval of the Obama administration’s new anti-missile shield plan.
In September 2009, US president Obama scrapped a Bush-era missile shield plan for Europe in favour of a revised scheme presented as mobile, flexible and intended as a defence against Iranian missiles. The Bush-era scheme was seen by Moscow as directed against Russia.

Read the article on Sofia Echo

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