Romanian President Traian Basescu yesterday said he hopes to see talks conclude this year on hosting U.S. missile shield infrastructure in his nation, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Sept. 17, 2010).
"The United States remain our strategic partner and our main ally in the field of security. Today, the main vector of our cooperation is the antimissile shield. We wish to conclude this year the bilateral negotiations," Basescu said to international diplomats in his country.
In February 2010, the Obama administration formally requested that Bucharest participate in the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach for Missile Defense in Europe. The plan entails the phased fielding of land- and sea-based Standard Missile 3 interceptors around the continent as a hedge against potential missile attacks from the Middle East.
Bucharest is in negotiations with Washington to host some of those medium-range ballistic missile interceptors, which are expected to go live no later than 2015 (Agence France-Presse/Spacewar.com, Jan. 20).