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January 19, 2021

US Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose: “Our anti-missile defence system has no technical capacity to harm the strategic deterrent potential of Russia”

US Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose on Monday said in Bucharest, that the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Romania, Oleg Malginov is ‘wrong’ when saying that the anti-missile system implemented by the United States of America is a threat and a challenge to Moscow, as this has no capacity to harm Russia’s strategic deterrent potential. “Our anti-missile defence system has no technical capacity to harm the strategic deterrent potential of Russia. Period. The ambassador is wrong. (…) The US anti-missile defence is conceived against the threats from countries such as North Korea or the threats from the Middle East. Our anti-missile defence system’s are not aiming at Russia. (…) We’ve tried to explain that to the Russians for several times, yet they still don’t believe us”, said Rose on Monday, in a meeting with the journalists at the US Embassy in Bucharest.

The Russian Federation’s ambassador to Bucharest, Oleg Malginov said in an extensive interview to Agerpres that he has had sincere talks with the Romanian authorities on the anti-missile defence system, adding that he hoped the officials who say the Deveselu system is only defensive do believe this, because Moscow has a different opinion.

On the other hand, the US official reminded that the US have shown very clearly that they would not accept limitations of their own systems, but that they develop limited defence systems conceived to administrate limited threats.

“If one looks at the number of interceptors we implement — both with long and short range — it’s clear that they are focused on limited threats and wouldn’t have, be it only from their numbers point of view, the capacity to deny the potential of Russia’s strategic deterrent potential. (…) Should the United States really wanted to try to deny Russia’s strategic deterrent potential, they would have needed another type of anti-missile defence system”, added Rose.


Ballistic missile defence system in Deveselu going on as scheduled. The project to be completed by the end of 2015, its financing was already secured


The  US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Policy and Verification Operations Frank Rose on Monday has reviewed in Bucharest with the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu (photo L)  the evolutions in the implementation of the bilateral strategic project of installing at the Deveselu military base elements of the 2nd stage of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach (US EPAA).

The American official – a former chief negotiator of the US-Romania agreement on the installation in Romania of the American ballistic missile defence system – underlined during the talks the fact that the operationalization of this project is going on as scheduled in the jointly agreed calendar, to be completed by the end of 2015 and its financing was already secured, a release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed Agerpres.

‘The two officials reminded the exclusively defensive nature of the US EPAA and its use in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and with the international laws, for legitimate self-defence purposes. The Romanian foreign minister restated the fact that any threat of using force against the states participating in the US EPAA or in the NATO ballistic missile defence system were unacceptable and breaching the international law fundamental principle of banning the use of force or the threat of using it. The two officials underlined the lack of evidence in support of claims that the missile defence system was breaching the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty,’ the quoted document mentions.

Aurescu also highlighted the importance of the bilateral project with the United States, both for developing NATO’s defence capability against ballistic missiles and for the consolidation of the transatlantic relations; he pointed out that ‘when the missile defence facility at the Deveselu military base becomes operational, it will be integrated in NATO’s ballistic missile defence system, which allows moving forward upon the next Summit of the Alliance, in Poland, to a further stage of the system, namely declaring its initial operational capability.’

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