Cold War is a thing of the past, and the anti-missile shield of which part of the elements will be hosted by Romania, in Deveselu, is a defensive system that cannot be converted into an offensive one, and is not directed against Russia, said in Bucharest the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Ellen Tauscher.
In a debate on Thursday on the agreement signed by Romania and the U.S. on September 13, on the ballistic missile defense, Ellen Tauscher explained why she does not agree with Moscow’s request to obtain guarantees from the U.S. to this end.
„We suggested that the best way for the Russians to see and understand the ballistic missile defense system is cooperation”, she said.
„If the Russians want to understand this system /…/ they should cooperate. So they can understand the best what we do, judging themselves, with their own eyes and their own ears „, added the U.S. Undersecretary of State, who attended the debate, organized by the Institute for Popular Studies / ISP / and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation / KAS /, together with the Romanian chief diplomat Teodor Baconschi.
Undersecretary Tauscher, who had to go on Tuesday to Moscow, was asked if, after placing the U.S. radar in Turkey, after the construction by the U.S. of a deployment site in Deveselu, after completion of the US-Poland cooperation in this field, Russia could collaborate with NATO for European security and stability.
„We hope that it could. We believe that this is an important step designed to reduce existing tensions for a long time „, underlined the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
Next, Ellen Tauscher said the Obama Administration chose a system that uses the SM-3 missiles because it is extremely well known, already in use for 25 years.
In his turn, Minister Teodor Baconschi revealed that „technically, the missile defense system cannot be turned into an offensive one” and pinpointed the full transparency around the agreement between Bucharest and Washington, given that the text of this document can be consulted on the sites of the foreign ministers of both countries.
On the other hand, Ellen Tauscher, who praised the close and long lasting relationship between Romania and the U.S. said that the base in Deveselu will be a proof of cooperation between the two sides aimed at protecting the European NATO members, under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
She expressed hope that the agreement signed in September will soon be ratified by the parliament and said that she discussed this issue with representatives of the power and opposition in Romania.
At the debate held in the Conference Hall of the Central University Library „Carol I” were present Romanian officials, experts in security issues, representatives of civil society organizations, of academics environment, as well as students.