Russia has opposed America’s plans to deploy antimissile systems close to its borders for decades.
Speaking at the event, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attempted to play down the idea that the base could threaten Russia’s deterrence capacities. "Our system cannot undermine or weaken Russia’s strategic deterrent, and we cannot shoot down their intercontinental ballistic missiles with interceptors neither from the site here, in Romania, or the site we are building in Poland," he said.
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US launches new ground-based missile defense shield in Romania
As a new Romanian interceptor missile base prepares to go live Thursday, Moscow has slammed NATO’s expanding defense shield, calling it a threat to security, and a violation of a key international treaty. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7cfc