Russian employed rhetoric on the perceived threat of the US and Romanian contribution to NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence through the Aegis Ashore site in Deveselu follows the same propaganda. NATO’s adaptation to Russian aggressive behaviour has nil to do with Deveselu or its sister site in Poland. But it has everything to do with the Black Sea region.
Enough is enough
Amidst Russia’s complaints, on May 12th, 2016, in the presence of NATO SecGen Stoltenberg, an operationalisation ceremony of the Romanian based component of the Ballistic Missile Defence System took place on site, a process to be completed at the Warsaw Summit in July. Although the facts about the purpose and capabilities of the Deveselu anti-ballistic system are known by Russian authorities, Romanian, American and NATO representatives at the event took extra care to appease their voiced concerns. By comparison, when a month before, Tehran used the National Army Day parade to demonstrate reception of the first lot of the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile system from Russia, equal interest to appease Euro-Atlantic concerns was not shown.
NATO stresses that the principal reason for strengthening defensive capabilities are potential Iranian threats. Iran’s intention to secure long and medium range ballistic missiles was proven by tests carried with such warfare as early as March 2016. The purchase of Russian-made arms worth up to $8 billion was also announced. Adding the reports of about 30 other countries we know have acquired technology to build ballistic missiles, how can a NATO defensive system require so much energy for its justification? It doesn’t. Not even by Russia.
Although they claim interference with their security strategy, Russian authorities know that the trajectory of the Deveselu interceptors does not intersect the current strategic trajectory of the Russian ballistic missiles. The system in place in Poland and the one in Romania are geographically not capable to counter Russian launched missiles. Stated time and time again by military experts, this was repeated during the operationalisation ceremony by SecGen Stoltenberg. Romanian authorities have also agreed for a Russian delegation to inspect the site at Deveselu. American and Russian high level representatives have met as early as 2009 to discuss the purpose of the European based «shield», before the decision was made at the 2010 Lisbon Summit. A look further back into history proves that the anti-ballistic missile system was not designed having Russia in mind. However, the security of the Black Sea is.
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