Romania backs missile shield extension

Romania backs missile shield extension
# 24 January 2008 09:05 (UTC +04:00)
Since NATO is based on the principle of solidarity, Romania is interested in security in Europe, particularly its southeastern part, the Czech news agency CTK quoted Tariceanu as saying after meeting his Czech counterpart Mirek Topolanek.
He said that the building of the missile defense system must not exclude Russia. On the contrary, Russia should become a partner both for the EU and for NATO in this sphere, Tariceanu added.
Czech Ambassador to NATO Stefan Fuele said last March that Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Romania will not be within the range of the 10 interceptor missiles the United States plans to locate in Central Europe.
The issue of anti-missile shield is to rank among the main themes of the forthcoming NATO summit to be held in Bucharest in April.
Czech diplomats expected the NATO summit to make a fundamental decision on how the missile defense of all NATO members will develop and expected NATO to take a clear stance on linking the NATO system with the U.S. project.
The United States initiated the plan to deploy an anti-missile radar base in the Czech Republic and a missile interceptor base in Poland. Negotiations between the Czech Republic and the United States are still underway.
Russia has expressed strong objections to the U.S. missile defense program in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Some 70 percent of Czechs reject the planned U.S. radar base in their country, according to a survey conducted by the CVVM polling institute. Xinhua
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