Romania and the United States on Tuesday inked three additional papers necessary to move ahead with plans to deploy U.S. missile interceptors in the Eastern European state.
The documents were signed by Romanian National Defense Ministry state secretary Sebastian Huluban and U.S. European Command Maj. Gen. Mark Schissler, according to a press release from the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The Obama administration plans by 2015 to place 24 Standard Missile 3 interceptors and a radar installation in Romania as part of its broader "phased adaptive approach" for European missile defense.
The newly approved documents "include two new implementation arrangements, one related to data about the troops, family members and contractors of the U.S. forces, and the other about exchanges of data, as well as an amendment to an implementation arrangement related to communications, which is already in force," the Foregin Affairs Ministry said. "These add to the five implementation arrangements signed in June 2012."
“By completing the bilateral legal framework for Romania’s participation in the bilateral project with the USA on ballistic missile defense, we are actually preparing for 2015, when NATO’s missile defense system will acquire the initial operational capability, which highlights the increased importance of the Deveselu base, not only in the Romanian-American bilateral context, but also in the context of the NATO system," Bogdan Aurescu, the ministry's state secretary for strategic affairs, said in provided comments.