US delegation talks antimissile shield in Bucharest

A delegation led by the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy, Frank Rose, was in Bucharest yesterday to discuss the Romanian Parliament’s procedure for ratification of international agreement and evolutions in view of creating the NATO missile defence shield, Mediafax reported.

The American official met with Foreign Ministry State Secretary Bogdan Aurescu to evaluate the current stage of development of the US ballistic missile defence system, following the signing of an agreement between Romania and the US for the deployment of shield elements on Romanian territory. Talks also focused on the US agreement with Poland and Turkey for these two countries to take part in the project. Rose and Aurescu also discussed development of the NATO ballistic missile defence system, according to the decision made at the Lisbon summit in November 2010 and in the prospect of the Chicago summit in May 2012. Rose also met yesterday with the Senate’s foreign affairs committee head, Titus Corlatean. The American delegation also visited the Olt Prefect’s office for talks with local authorities about the Deveselu air base, where the missile shield elements will be located.

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