Friday, February 5, 2010

Russia says concerned at Romania hosting U.S. missiles

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 24: Russian Topol-M int...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

clipped from www.reuters.com

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia Friday said it was concerned by Romania's decision to host interceptor missiles as part of a U.S. plan to protect Europe and demanded clarification.

Romania said Thursday its top defense body had approved the deployment, which Washington says is aimed at defending against current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran.

"We certainly have concerns in this regard. There is a demand for clarification," Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

The Romanian deployment is part of a revamped U.S. missile defense approach taken by President Barack Obama after he scrapped a plan for a radar site and interceptor rockets in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin said Friday that Russia wanted "assurances" that the system could not intercept Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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