Romania approves site for US missile defense shield

May 3, 2011 13:14

BUCHAREST - Romania has approved the choice of site for a US missile base forming part of a shield to protect Europe, Romanian President Traian Basescu said on Tuesday.

"We approved the system to be located in a former airbase from Deveselu in Olt county," Basescu told a news conference.

About 200 US troops will be stationed at the base, about 230 km (145 miles) west of Bucharest.

Basescu, who had said earlier that the facility would become operational in 2015, gave no update on a probable timing.

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