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. More…