Romania backs US anti-missile plan
Romania approves US plans to build elements of a missile defence shield in the country.
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2010 05:30 GMT

Romania's President has agreed to host US interceptor missiles, as part of Washington's plan for a missile defence shield in Europe.

President Traian Basescu said the plan was approved by the defence council. However, it still needs parliamentary approval.

The move is likely to anger Moscow despite US and Romanian assurances that the missiles will not be aimed at them.

The US scrapped a previous missile shield, based in Poland and the Czech Republic, which had angered Russia.

Al Jazeera's Erica Wood reports.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.