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Provocation? US, Romania break ground on missile defense system

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The US and NATO have begun revamping a military base in Romania which will be a crucial part of the American-led anti-missile shield in Europe. The NATO missile defense system remains a bone of contention in US-Russian relations.

  Romanian President Trojan Basesku and US Under-Secretary of  Defense for Policy James Miller attended the groundbreaking  ceremony for the Aegis Ashore missile defense system at Deveselu  military base in southern Romania on Monday.     “Construction of the base in Deveselu, as noted by [US] Minister  of Defense Chuck Hagel, has begun despite a lack of mutual  understanding on the issue with Russia,” Romania’s Minister  of Defense Mircea Dusa said.  
  Dusa said Romanian construction workers were first tasked with  converting the former Air Force base, and then the US campaign to  install the missile defense systems would begin.  
  Earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman George Little said the   “system represents an important component of the larger European  Phased Adaptive Approach and is expected to be operational in  2015.”  
  The issue of the US missile shield in Europe has been a  longstanding bone of contention in Russia-US relations.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

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