Romania has decided to join the Missile Defense band wagon in Eastern Europe. There announcement of intent to join the US missile defense shield came as a surprise to many. It looks the US is once again expanding its influence…
MUNICH — Romania’s top defense body approved a United States proposal to base missile interceptors there, the country’s president said Thursday.
The announcement from the president, Traian Basescu, came as a bit of a surprise. The United States had negotiated to place the system in the Czech Republic and Poland, but plans for Romania’s participation had not previously been disclosed. Mr. Basescu said in a statement that Romania, the Black Sea country and former Warsaw Pact member that is now a part of NATO, was prepared to begin negotiations with the United States to accept the deployment of ground-based interceptors as part of an anti-ballistic missile defense system. He said the system could be working in Romania by 2015.
“The decision taken today is extremely important in consolidating the partnership with the United States,” Mr. Basescu said, adding that the most important result would be that the system will improve Romanian security. “This is the most important gain. Romania was not protected against possible ballistic missile strikes,” Mr. Basescu said.