Russia angered as U.S. activates Romanian missile defense site

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The U.S. officially activated a radar system in Romania, part of a missile defense system in Europe, on Thursday. The move is immediately denounced by Russia.

“We are convinced unconditionally that the deployment of an antimissile defense system does indeed pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation,” the Wall Street Journal quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

The missile system is installed at the Deveselu air base. It can intercept rockets fired from countries such as Iran.

The system, known as the Aegis Ashore, can detect incoming missiles and identify the types of warhead before launching interceptor missiles, from ships or ground sites, to destroy it in space.

U.S. officials insist that the European missile defense is not targeted at Russia nor is it technically capable of taking down a barrage of Russian missiles.

“Russia knows this is not directed against them. They know geography, physics makes it impossible for this system to undermine Russia’s strategic deterrent,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Wall Street Journal.

Another missile system will be constructed in Poland. The overall U.S. missile defence in Europe also includes NATO’S command and control center at the Ramstein air base in Germany and U.S. warships with interceptor missiles based in Spain. The shield will stretch from Greenland to the Azores when complete.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of radar system at Deveselu air base in Romania; intercepting a rocket fired from Iran
2. The radar identifies warhead of the rocket
3. An interceptor missile destroying the rocket in space
4. Depiction of a radar system in Poland, a command center in Germany, warships in Spain; depiction of the extent of the defense shield

VOICEOVER (in English):
“The missile system at the Deveselu air base in Romania can intercept rockets fired from countries such as Iran.”

“The system, known as the Aegis Ashore, can detect incoming missiles and identify the types of warhead approaching before launching interceptor missiles, from ships or ground sites, to destroy it in space.”

“In addition to the Romanian base, another missile system will be constructed in Poland. The U.S.’ missile defence in Europe also includes NATO’S command and control center at the Ramstein air base in Germany and U.S. warships with interceptor missiles based in Spain. The shield will stretch from Greenland to the Azores when complete.”

SOURCES: Reuters, Wall Street Journal, U.S. Department of Defense
https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-activate-800-million-missile-defense-romania-063853718.html?nhp=1
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-and-nato-officials-inaugurate-missile-defense-shield-in-romania-1463056944
http://www.mda.mil/system/aegis_ashore.html