The negotiations between Romania and the U.S. on Romania’s participation in the anti-missile defence system are going very well, State Secretary for European Affairs with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu told.
As Romania’s negotiator, Aurescu says that the third round of negotiations will take place in Bucharest on Friday, adding that the talks are held in a relaxing and constructive atmosphere. On the other hand, Aurescu pointed out that, at NATO level, Romania supports the idea of a common NATO system, and all technical and economic issues will be discussed within the Alliance.
‘At the NATO Summit in Lisbon, in November, the allied states will make a decision which Romania supports and has constantly supported throughout this period, regarding the design of an Alliance’s anti-missile defence system, starting from the core represented by the American anti¬missile defence system proposed last autumn by President Obama,’ underscored Aurescu.
According to him, on the one hand, Romania is involved in this bilateral negotiations process to take part in the American phased defence project in Europe – Phased Adaptive Approach, the name of the American project – and one can say that the negotiations are going very well. Important progress was made, both related to the legal framework per se and the technical working group activity of identifying the most appropriate location to place the American interceptors.
‘On the other hand, at NATO level, we back, as I was saying, the idea of a common NATO system and all the technical and economic issues involved are to be certainly discussed within the Alliance,’ said Aurescu.
The Romanian side will have to bear some costs, but these are limited and compared with the total expenditure of the project they represent a very small part. The real dimension of these costs will be known once the location is decided for good and then an exact estimation can be made, added Bogdan Aurescu.