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US heralds Romania missile defence system as step forward

The helicopter of Romanian President Traian Basescu lands for the official groundbreaking ceremony at the former Deveselu military airbase in Deveselu village, southern Romania, on October 28, 2013A US missile defence system in Romania will become operational Thursday in a move welcomed by US officials as an “important step” but also one likely to infuriate Moscow. The missile interceptor station in Deveselu, southern Romania, will help defend NATO members against the threat of short and medium-range ballistic missiles — particularly from the Middle East, US assistant secretary of state Frank Rose told a news conference in Bucharest Wednesday. “Both the US and NATO have made it clear the system is not designed for or capable of undermining Russia’s strategic deterrence capability,” Rose said.

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