US Activates AEGIS Missile Shield in Romania

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    The US has activated a land-based missile defence station in Romania, which will form part of a larger and controversial European shield.

    Senior US and Nato officials attended the ceremony in Deveselu, southern Romania.

    The US says the Aegis system is a shield to protect Nato countries from short and medium-range missiles, particularly from the Middle East.

    But Russia sees it as a security threat - a claim denied by Nato.

    Relations between the West and Russia have deteriorated since Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's southern Crimea peninsula in 2014.

    Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and other senior officials from the military alliance attended the opening ceremony at an old Romanian air base in Deveselu., 180km (110 miles) south-west of Bucharest.

    The site hosts radar and SM-2 missile interceptors, and will be integrated into Nato's missile shield when the bloc meets this summer.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36272686

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