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The Romanian leader reacted on Thursday to the statements made by Russia's top military officer Nikolai Makarov who told a security conference in Moscow that Russia might carry out pre-emptive attacks on the US-led NATO missile defence facilities in Europe.
Basescu said that Russia’s concerns over the missile defence shield on its security represent only ‘a propaganda game", meant probably to justify ‘military investments in the Russian Federation".
The Romanian leader told a radio programme that the defence shield is not directed against Russia, and has a defensive role only.
"I want to exclude and to say in a crystal-clear fashion, that (…) never these facilities will be used against the Russian Federation and whoever is imagining a military conflict in Europe between Russia and the EU is unrealistic. (…) It is a childish thing, a propaganda game that should probably have to justify some military expenses in the Russian Federation (…). It’s not the only country who plays this kind of games to justify to its public why the money is directed towards the military industry", Basescu said.
Russia reiterated on Thursday its proposal to NATO for building a common defence shield system that would assure the security of the entire continent. Previously, NATO had rejected such an offer.
The Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrusev said on Thursday that by placing the defence shield in Eastern Europe, the strategic balance between NATO and Russia would be broken.
Military experts from 50 countries are taking part since Thursday in a two-day international conference on security matters in Moscow, aimed at assessing the impact of the anti ballistic shield on the global security and to discuss co-operation in the area of missile defence.
Romania and the US signed an agreement in 2011 to host some of the elements of the American anti-missile shield.
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