France opposed the transfer of NATO’s European missile defense system the United States - The Wall Street Journal

This decision is not due to Russia’s position on this issue, and to the lack of guarantees that the system will actually manage the entire alliance, not the US. Moreover, in Paris we are concerned about the delineation of responsibility in the event of its use.

WSJ explains that small flight times of ballistic missiles requires a command prompt and concerted action to intercept. US officials said that NATO rules will take effect as soon as the management goes completely to the alliance.

Washington fears that if NATO countries agree on the key issues of missile defense systems at the July summit in Warsaw, Moscow will regard it as a sign of weakness, the newspaper notes. Alliance officials said it is possible to transfer regulatory functions have to spend later, if we fail to reach an agreement at this time.

The main part of the system is to intercept base in Romania, targeting radar in Turkey and the US destroyers in Spain. In addition, the missile defense system the center, built on the money of NATO, is located at the air base Ramstein in Germany. Fully put the object in the operational readiness is planned in 2023, the WSJ concludes.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that considering the deployment of US missile defense system in Romania as a violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

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