February 5, 2010
President Traian Basescu announced on 4 February that Romania’s Supreme Defence Council had accepted an invitation from US President Obama to host an anti-missile shield.
I am not an arms expert, but I expect Russia to react strongly. It appears as if the US insists deploying missiles as close to Russia as possible.
As a native of the region, I’m not happy with this development. I see my Romanian friends, in general, as more enthusiastic, when it comes to strategic military projects. I also notice that the Romanian opposition supports the idea. The US always chooses countries where there is national consensus for getting involved with such projects.
As far as I’m concerned, I’m suspicious at anything that could bring back a Cold war climate, to the region and to Europe. By the way, I wonder what the new streamlined and coherent European External Action Service would have to say about it.
Anyway… Even if the project of hosting missiles in Romania is ‘good’, it was very poorly communicated so far.Georgi Gotev