Romania Ratifies U.S. Missile Shield Agreement

According to Defence News, Romanian parliament ratified to host ballistic missile intercepting missiles on her soil as she has agreed before.

The Romanian parliament ratified an accord to host U.S. missile interceptors on its soil on Dec. 6, a day before a meeting of the 28 NATO members in Brussels.

The Senate unanimously adopted the draft law ratifying the Romania-U.S. agreement signed in September that would allow the establishment and operation of a U.S. land-based ballistic missile defense system in Romania as part of NATO’s efforts to build a continental missile shield.

“The location of some elements of the U.S. missile shield represents a very important contribution to the security of Romania, the U.S. and the entire alliance,” Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi told senators, according to Mediafax news agency.

The draft law was adopted by the lower house in November and is now set to be promulgated by President Traian Basescu.

The deployment of the missile interceptors is expected to take place in 2015 at a former airbase in southern Romania.

 

Four European NATO members are playing key roles in this missile program:

  • Poland: Will host undefined numbers of land based version of the US Navy’s SM-3 missile.
  • Romania: Will host undefined numbers of land based version of the US Navy’s SM-3 missile.
  • Turkey: Will host an AN/TPY-2 radar as the warning system
  • Spain: Will host approximately 4 to 6 US Navy ships with BMD hardware and software installed.

There a few issues that bother me in this article.

Why it is called the U.S missile Shield? Isn’t this a NATO project? Isn’t this shield (which is not a shield but more or less a last-minute defence system) a joint project to protect all the NATO members from the enemy beyond NATO’s borders?

Will there be an increased precence of US Navy warships in the Black Sea untill the missile will be installed on Romanian base on land? Will be the SM-3 missiles, derived from the the curent SM-2/SM-3 familiy of missiles used by US Navy and many US allies ready in 20105?

Many questions, few answers.

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