If US Listened to Russia, Both Could Work on Single Missile Defense System


Things did not go as planned.

"The partnership did not work out, although there was an opportunity to develop the missile defense system together. It would have been a more efficient approach that would have cost less," Dvorkin observed.

The analyst also maintains that the sea- and land-based Aegis components do not pose a threat to Russian missiles. But many others disagree, pointing to the fact that Washington does not want to discuss its military activities in Europe.

"We have repeatedly expressed our concerns, offered cooperation, proposed working with our American partners – but everything has, in fact, been rejected. What they are suggesting is not joint work, but talks on a given topic. No specific proposals; everything is done unilaterally, without taking into account our concerns," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

US Navy flag bearers, backdropped by the radar building of a missile defense base, walk in Deveselu, during an opening ceremony attended by U.S., NATO and Romanian officials at a base, originally established by the Soviet Union, in Deveselu, Southern Romania, Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Earlier this week, the Aegis Ashore base in Romania became operation. The next phase of the US missile defense initiative for Europe will see a base built in Poland. Construction has already begun.

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