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US-Romania Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement Comes Into Force

12/23/2011 6:11 AM ET

The Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement on deployment of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Romania has entered into force on Friday.

The U.S. ballistic missile defense interceptor site will be located at Deveselu Air Base as a part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach to missile defense in the 2015 timeframe. "This base represents a significant contribution by our two nations to NATO's missile defense efforts," the United States and Romania said in a joint announcement.

U.S. plans to deploy its troops and military equipment in the territory of its three allies -- Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic -- for implementing the new missile defense system.

Although the new multi-directional radars and missiles would not be able to penetrate deep into Russia's territory, Russian officials have voiced concerns that the missile system will destabilize eastern Europe and trigger a new arms race.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said last month that his government would deploy modern offensive weapon systems in the west and south of the country, "ensuring our ability to take out any part of the US missile defense system in Europe."

U.S. National Security Council said it would not alter plans for erecting the missile shield in Europe despite the Russian threats. In response to Medvedev's warnings, the Council reiterated its original stand that the proposed missile shield was intended to protect the region from possible missile attacks from rogue countries like Iran, and assured Moscow that it would not be directed at Russia.

by RTT Staff Writer

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