‘I want to point out that the US partner displayed maximum transparency in the process and that there were continual talks both among the NATO allies and with third countries that might be worried by such a strategy. These talks are a plus to the strategic partnership between Romania and the US. We should remember there is such a partnership in place and this decision provides more substance to it.
It is 130 years this year since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Romania and the US. It is undoubtedly a coincidence, but in the long run a security plus to Romania may mean more stability and more certainty for the country’ democratic development,’ said Predoiu, who was also Romania’s acting foreign minister October-December 2009.
Asked about what should this shield protect Romania against, Predoiu said the system and the strategy for the development of the ballistic missile defence system is in line with a series of measures adopted by the April 2008 Bucharest NATO Summit and the 2009 NATO summit in Strasbourg and Kehl.
‘This system is designed to protect the allies against a series of risks for ballistic or medium-range missile strikes from the extended Black Sea zone, more exactly from the Middle East. As many more authorised foreign policy decision makers have already said, this is no system meant against Russia. On the other part, this decision meets the principles of indivisible security of the NATO allies, the principle of solidarity among the allies and the principle of full defence of the territories of the allied countries,’ said Predoiu, who also sits on the Supreme Council for National Defence.
He mentioned that Romania’s foreign minister could provide more details, because the foreign minister will be probably involved in the negotiations to follow that will end in an agreement. Predoiu added that the agreement will have to be submitted to Romania’s Parliament for final approval, as Parliament has the last say about such matters.
Romania has been invited by US President Barack Obama to participate in the development of the US anti-missile system, Romania’s President Traian Basescu said on Thursday at the end of a meeting of CSAT, Romania’s top defence body, which decided to accept the invitation.