The Foreign Affairs Ministry told Mediafax news agency on Friday that it took note of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s statements about the NATO antimissile defence project and voiced hope that Russia will show responsibility on the matter. The ministry also said it hoped that Russia will give a favourable response to NATO’s willingness to develop a strategic partnership with Moscow in what regards European missile defence.
The comments came as Medvedev last week threatened to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to give a legal guarantee that it will not be aimed against the country’s nuclear forces. Medvedev also accused the U.S. and NATO of ignoring Russia’s concerns over the proposed missile defence system and said Russia would have to take military countermeasures if it did not receive the assurances it desired.
Meanwhile over the weekend, FM Teodor Baconschi wrote to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, asking him to send a representative to the annual meeting of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC) in June 2012. Romania is currently holding the presidency of the HCoC. A total of 134 countries have adopted the HCoC since its adoption at The Hague in November 2002.