President Putin warns Romania over newly opened NATO missile base
May 28, Athens: The Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Greece has told the Greek PM Alexis Tsipras that he has no choice but to target Romania as they have recently opened a NATO missile base there.
“If yesterday people simply did not know what it means to be in the crosshairs in those areas of Romania, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security. And it will be the same with Poland,” President Putin said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Friday, referring to the Deveselu facility that officially became operational in May after nearly a decade and $800 million of planning and construction.
“At the moment the interceptor missiles installed have a range of 500 kilometers, soon this will go up to 1000 kilometers, and worse than that, they can be rearmed with 2400km-range offensive missiles even today, and it can be done by simply switching the software, so that even the Romanians themselves won’t know,” said the Russian president.
PM Tsipras meanwhile stated that Russia is a player in the European security theater and that current attempts to alienate Moscow with measures such as sanctions reminds him of Cold War times.“European security cannot be achieved without cooperation and dialogue with Russia,” Tsipras said in an interview with Sputnik. “I don't believe that we can move forward or ensure compliance with international law while caught in a vicious circle of sanctions, militarization and Cold War rhetoric.”
The Oslo Times