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Moscow sees deployment of US missile defense system in Romania as violation of INF Treaty

December 24, 2015, 15:56 UTC+3
On December 18 construction works were completed in Deveselu in Romania to deploy US MK 41 launchers
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Missile launch pads on the deck of the US ship in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania

Missile launch pads on the deck of the US ship in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania

© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Deployment of US MK 41 launchers in Romania is a violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.

‘We have repeatedly expressed our point of view and estimates of US missile defense plans and noted that they run counter to tasks of strengthening international security and stability," she said. "However, the United States and their allies persistently continue to carry out this destabilizing and dangerous program, and the arguments they use are becoming less and less believable," she added.

"On December 18 construction works were completed in Deveselu in Romania. After testing and fixing equipment, the facility will enter the stage of operational readiness in the first half of 2016," Zakharova said. "Consequently, the second stage of adaptive approach to deploying elements of US global missile defense system in Europe was completed."

"MK 41 vertical launching systems are part of the missile defense system in the aforementioned place. They are used by US Navy ships for firing interceptor missiles and Tomahawk winged medium-range missiles," Zakharova said. "This gives us grounds to consider their appearance on the ground as a direct violation of INF Treaty provisions by the United States," she added.

Infographics US missile defense system and NATO European Missile Defense System US missile defense system and NATO European Missile Defense System

The US has announced plans to reject the deployment of the fourth stage of the missile defense system in Europe and to refocus towards protection against potential North Korea missile attacks. Infographics by TASS

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