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December 1, 2020

Second round of US missile shield talks kicks off

The second round of bilateral negotiations with the United States on Romania’s participation in the anti-missile defence system began in Bucharest yesterday and will continue today, according to a press release from the Foreign Ministry, carried by Agerpres news agency.

The Romanian delegation to the talks is led by the ministry’s secretary of state for strategic affairs Bogdan Aurescu and includes representatives of several institutions. The US delegation is led by Frank Rose, a deputy adviser to the US secretary of state for arms control. The two delegations will continue negotiations on the legal framework that will regulate bilateral cooperation in the anti-missile defence system, the release underlined.

The agenda will include a meeting between the heads of delegation, to discuss security aspects of mutual concern, including the shield project, non-proliferation and NATO-related issues.

In February this year, the country’s Supreme Defence Council accepted Washington’s invitation to Romania to join the revamped missile shield system in Europe. The new approach guarantees that Romania’s territory will be wholly covered against any possible short- and medium-range missile threats.

The negotiation process was preceded by two rounds of consultations, on February 4 and May 11 and was officially launched on June 17, when a US delegation led by Undersecretary of State for arms control and international security Ellen Tauscher was on a visit to Bucharest, the ministry release adds.

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