The recent statement by head of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control with the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov does not bring anything new, while his accusations that, by the deployment of the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence facility at Devesleu, Romania breaches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) are ungrounded, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) reports in a release sent to Agerpres.
MAE says that the stances of Romania, the U.S. and NATO on the development of ballistic missile defence capabilities were openly communicated to the Russian Federation and the public at large on various occasions.
“The treaty does not apply to the development or testing of interceptors that engage air targets, such as the SM-3 type I B interceptor to be deployed at the missile defence facility at Deveselu. At the same time, the Aegis Ashore system was not and will not be tested to launch any other receptors than those used to engage air targets,” MAE adds.
It reiterates that the interceptors of the missile defence system are non-nuclear and their type cannot be changed.
“Amidst a proliferation of ballistic threats and continuing interests of state and non-state actors in testing and developing ballistic missiles, the development of NATO ballistic missile defence capabilities, which will include the European component of the US missile defence system, and consequently the Deveselu facility, is a way of consolidating collective defence at NATO level and increasing regional as well as international stability and security. This purely defensive defence capability is not aimed at the Russian Federation, as repeatedly communicated by Romania and the U.S., but at ballistic missile threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic space,” says MAE.
Moscow calls on Washington and Bucharest to give up the plans to deploy the U.S. missile defense facility in Romania MK-41 systems
Moscow calls on Washington and Bucharest to give up the plans to deploy the U.S. missile defense facility in Romania MK-41 systems, Interfax news agency reported on Monday evening.
Ulyanov was quoted as saying the planned of universal vertical launch systems MK-41 may become a serious challenge to international security, and that Russia will see that as a massive breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) concluded between Russia and the U.S. in 1987.
“We are calling on the governments of the U.S. and Romania to realize the entire measure of their responsibility for such developments and give up these plans while it is not too late,” he said.