Reuters reported Wednesday that the United States-NATO missile defense system in Deveselu, Romania will be activated on Thursday. According to the report, a second site in Poland is scheduled to be operational in 2018. Together, these site will provide NATO with a strategic deterrent against ballistic missile attack from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea currently both active in pursuing such technology and posturing against Western nations.
According to the article, Alexander Grushko, Russia ‘s NATO ambassador, protested last month that “ballistic missile defense sites could pose threats to the stability and strategic assets of the Russian Federation.” The presence of American-NATO military assets in Eastern bloc states acts as a counterweight to regional Russian influence, in addition to protecting against Iranian ballistic missile technology. According to the New York Times the Kremlin is continuing to ramping up their rhetoric, quoting spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov as saying “our experts are convinced that the deployment of the ABM system poses a certain threat to the Russian Federation…measures are being taken to ensure the necessary level of security for Russia.”
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