Romania to provide location for anti-missile interceptors, not to pay for their deployment

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Romania will make available a place for the anti-missile interceptors, but it will not have to buy the SM3 interception missiles and will not have to pay for their deployment in Romania, as all these costs will be borne by the US, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release.

The MAE says any other costs will be included in bilateral negotiations. It also provides an answer to the question why Romania has been selected to host ground-based interceptors and thus join the phased, adaptive approach for missile defence in Europe of the US anti-ballistic missile system. Citing the latest studies to date, the MAE says the geographical area where Romania is located – South-East Europe – is increasingly more vulnerable to threats with short and medium-range missiles.

On the other hand, in terms of strategy, Romania is the best located to host the ground-based interceptor of the southern component of the system. ‘As a result of political and technological developments, the risks for threats with short- and medium-range missiles have increased and such threats are coming not just from states, but also from non-state players that possess or may possess such military technology.

As a NATO member state, Romania has to act according to the principle of Article 5 in the Washington Treaty and the principle of collective defence any time a member of the NATO alliance is under armed attack,’ argues the MAE. The MAE also says that Romania’s involvement in the new project does not negatively affect its national security, but it will greatly enhance its security.

‘The previous project would place Romania and its allies in a vulnerable spot, because it only partially covered the national territory. The new location will secure full coverage of the Romanian territory against any strikes with ballistic missiles or short- or medium-range missiles. It is known worldwide that threats with such weapons are a reality. Expert analyses talk about states and non-state players that are threatening the security of allies, unless necessary measures are taken,’ reads the MAE release.

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