By Amiel Ungar
It is unclear what reaction the Obama administration was expecting from Russia. Would the deployment in Southern Romania make it look as if this was a Balkan system rather than the East European one and thus offend the Russians less?. Perhaps the administration tired of endless negotiations with the Russians.
The Russians were quick to claim that the system would create an imbalance and pose a threat to their strategic deterrent. Russia’s Ambassador to NATO called the system ‘Trajan’s Horse’, a play on the first name of the Rumanian president.
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