1 November 2013, 14:35

Not in our backyard: Russia objects to NATO base in Romania

Vice Admiral James D. Syring (L), Director of US Missile Defense Agency, Dr. James N. Miller (R), US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa (2-nd R) and Romanian President Traian Basescu (2-nd L) showles during the official groundbreaking ceremony held at Aegis Ashore Facility, a military anti- ballistic missile defence facility at Deveselu, 180 Km south from Bucharest, Romania. Construction of the facilities, build to support the European Phase Adaptive Approach Phase II (EPAA) missile defence base, will be completed within 760 days, with an estimated cost of 124 million US dollars, and the weapons systems shall be operational in 2015. Military anti-missile defense base is part of the EPAA, and after being operational in 2015, will be part of the NATO anti-missile system, under the operational control of the alliance. 

Vice Admiral James D. Syring (L), Director of US Missile Defense Agency, Dr. James N. Miller (R), US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa (2-nd R) and Romanian President Traian Basescu (2-nd L) showles during the official groundbreaking ceremony held at Aegis Ashore Facility, a military anti- ballistic missile defence facility at Deveselu, 180 Km south from Bucharest, Romania. Construction of the facilities, build to support the European Phase Adaptive Approach Phase II (EPAA) missile defence base, will be completed within 760 days, with an estimated cost of 124 million US dollars, and the weapons systems shall be operational in 2015. Military anti-missile defense base is part of the EPAA, and after being operational in 2015, will be part of the NATO anti-missile system, under the operational control of the alliance. 

Vice Admiral James D. Syring (L), Director of US Missile Defense Agency, Dr. James N. Miller (R), US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa (2-nd R) and Romanian President Traian Basescu (2-nd L) showles during the official groundbreaking ceremony held at Aegis Ashore Facility, a military anti- ballistic missile defence facility at Deveselu, 180 Km south from Bucharest, Romania. Construction of the facilities, build to support the European Phase Adaptive Approach Phase II (EPAA) missile defence base, will be completed within 760 days, with an estimated cost of 124 million US dollars, and the weapons systems shall be operational in 2015. Military anti-missile defense base is part of the EPAA, and after being operational in 2015, will be part of the NATO anti-missile system, under the operational control of the alliance. 

By Kim Brown
WASHINGTON (VOR) – The NATO missile defense shield has been a source of tension between the U.S. and Russia, particularly because of the location of the proposed missile bases.

Romania, a NATO-member country, has broken ground on one of the new bases, located in the south of that country. Poland is the location of another proposed missile site. Russia has expressed concern in the past about these missiles being placed in Eastern Europe, ostensibly, in Russia’s backyard. Kim Brown spoke with Cory Welt, associate director of George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian studies, who says the tensions between the U.S. and Russia on this issue are sometimes exaggerated.

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