Basescu: Medvedev’s statement on the anti-missile shield should be met with condescendence
President Traian Basescu says the statements of Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev on the anti-missile shield should be met with the condescendence required form a chief of state, adding that he will not make a hilltop out of it.
„I would not make a hilltop out of this statement. Romania has assumed some responsibilities. The elements of the anti-missile shield, which for the time being is Romanian-US and later on will become a NATO shield, will be deployed in Romania. We take care of our national interest and meet any statement with respect,” Basescu told TVR public television channel on Thursday evening.
He added that the only statement he considers is that of President Medvedev’s, not the statements coming from the „sound teams.”
„If it is to consider one statement that will be President Medvedev’s and it has to be met with the condescendence required from a chief of state of a big nuclear power, which does not mean that we are questioning our commitment to the US, not for a single moment,” Basescu added.
He said President Medvedev will have to be offered, at the opportune time, the comfort that the elements of the anti-missile shield do not target Russia.
„I have no doubt that Mr. Medvedev is ready to provide Romania guarantees that none of the missiles now in Russia will ever touch Romania’s soil. He wants judicial guarantees, but Romania is wondering: do not I also need judicial guarantees? Seeing that we do not have such guarantees, we have the right to talk this issue,” Basescu concluded.