Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday that the anti-missile system which is to be installed at the Deveselu military base in southern Romania does not violate the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, as Russia has claimed.
Ponta argued that there was no violation of the treaty "because the anti-missile system is a defence system".
Some 1,500 soldiers and over 100 military vehicles from Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Poland, Turkey, Romania and the US are taking part in the first of two joint military exercises in Romania.
The collaboration between Romanian and American armed forces in military exercises is an example for both countries, Charge d'affaires ad interim Dean Thompson of the US Embassy in Romania asserted on Tuesday, at the firing range of the Romanian Marines Battalion of Babadag. He was there on the Distinguished Visitors Day of the Platinum Eagle 15 multinational training module.
Some 1,500 troops and 12 ships from Romania, an American destroyer and a sea dredger from Bulgaria are taking part in a major naval exercise organised by the Romanian Navy.
The drills aim to strenghten the level of inter-operability between NATO forces as well as inter-agency cooperation in Romania, in an environment facing multiple threats, a Romanian naval statement said.
The multinational exercise Wind Spring 15, involving troops from Romania, the United States, Britain and Moldova, began on Thursday at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base near the Black Sea port of Constanta and the at the Smardan Polygon in Galati.
Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdn Aurescu on Wednesday welcomed Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Phillip M. Breedlove, on which occasion he underscored the strictly defensive nature of the Deveselu missile defence shield as well as the unacceptable character of threats against Romania's allies over this issue, Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release.