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17.04.2012  |  18:48

News agencies reported that Russia may deploy its Voronezh missile defense radar in Transdniestria. The move may come as a response to the appearance of the missile defense system elements in Europe. In addition, the radar station may counterbalance NATO's bases in Romania. Transdniestria has become an object of Russia's special attention again

News agencies reported that Russia may deploy its Voronezh missile defense radar in Transdniestria. The move may come as a response to the appearance of the missile defense system elements in Europe. In addition, the radar station may counterbalance NATO's bases in Romania. Transdniestria has become an object of Russia's special attention again.

The region sits close to Romania, where USA already has four army bases. Moldavia is close too: the country has been developing its ties with Romania recently. Dmitry Rogozin of Russia has recently stated that the armament of the Russian peacemaking contingent in the region would be updated in accordance with the plans to rearm the Russian army. The move may come as an absolutely adequate response since NATO has been getting more and more active in the region during the recent years. Romania and the USA signed an agreement to deploy elements of the US missile defense system in the country. There is a similar agreement between the USA and Turkey. According to Topwar, ground-based elements of the US missile defense system will appear at Deveselu, a former Romanian air base, by 2015.

The elements will include an Aegis radar station, the mission control center and mobile batteries with SM-3 Standard-3 interceptor missiles. As many as 200 US servicemen will be deployed at the base permanently. Their number can be raised to 500 if necessary. Patriot interceptor missiles will be deployed at airbases in Poland's Morong, which is only 100 kilometers far from Russia's Kaliningrad. The missiles were originally planned to be deployed near Warsaw.

As a result, the location for their deployment will be even closer to Russia's borders than was originally planned. There are objects in Bulgaria, and a US radar in Norway, which is also close to Russia. Experts say that the USA has plans about Ukraine and Georgia. An early warning radar of the European missile defense system will appear in Turkey.

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The station will be deployed in the south-east of the country.

The radar will thus be able to scan the territory of several thousands of kilometers. At first, they will deploy a mobile radar system in Turkey. A new modification of the sea-based and ground-based SM-3 missile will appear there by 2015. Afterwards, the system will be modernized and enhanced to defend the USA and Europe from long and middle-range missiles. The West promises not to target its weapons against Russia.

Western officials say that they build all this to combat terrorists, who supposedly exist somewhere in either Iran or Afghanistan. However, they strongly refuse to acknowledge that officially, on paper. What can Russia do against such a background? The only thing that Russia can do is to show adequate reactions. Last year, Russia launched Voronezh-DM radar station in Kaliningrad.

The launch of the system signaled Russia's readiness to respond adequately to possible threats coming from the missile defense system of the United States. It is worthy of note that Igor Smirnov, the President of the Transdniester Moldavian Republic repeatedly stressed out his readiness to support Russia's initiatives in the field of defense. To crown it all, the law about the presence of the troops of the Russian Federation in the Transdniester Moldavian Republic came into force on February 15, 1992. Therefore, Russia does not have to ask any special permission from the republic. President Igor Smirnov confirmed in February 2010 that the law from 1992 was still in effect. If Russia decides to respond to the deployment of the European and American missile defense system, the republic would only be willing to reach out a helping hand to Russia. Andrei Mikhailov Pravda.Ru Read the original in Russian .



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