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    US Missile Defense Systems in E Europe to Undermine Strategic Stability

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    According to the Russian Foreign Ministry representative, US missile defense system in Eastern Europe will have a negative impact on the Russian strategic stability.

    The US  Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is managing the construction of a $134 million Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Complex in Deveselu, Romania
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Establishment of US missile defense system in Eastern Europe, namely Poland and Romania, will have a negative impact on strategic stability, the director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control (DNAC) of the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    On May 12-13, US Assistant Secretary of State Frank Rose will visit Romania and Poland to participate in the launching ceremonies related to the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in the two Eastern European countries.

    "The project of creation of missile defense system in Europe, as well as of global missile defense system, are the factors that affect the strategic stability negatively, undermine trust and contradict with the core principles of international relations, such as inadmissibility of strengthening of own security in at the expense of security of others," Mikhail Ulyanov said.

    Russia has repeatedly expressed concern over the establishment of an US-designed ballistic missile defense system in Europe, approved in 2010, during a NATO summit in Lisbon.

    Under NATO's planned missile defense system, radars and interceptors will be placed in several NATO states. The shield will be strengthened by naval forces.

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