The US has begun installing Aegis Ashore missile defense systems at the Redzikowo base in Poland, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement.
“The installation of the Aegis Ashore weapon system in Poland has begun. The Missile Defense Agency recently reached the critical stages of installing the Aegis weapons system at its facility in Redzikowo in Poland,” the statement said.
In 2002, the United States withdrew from the anti-missile defense treaty with Russia, citing the need to develop a global missile defense system to protect against “rogue states” — Iran and North Korea. In the same year, the United States and Russia agreed to implement some measures aimed at “building confidence and increasing transparency in the field of missile defense.”
However, the United States then began deploying its missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2009, this course was adjusted in favor of the so-called “non-strategic adaptive missile defense system”.
Currently, elements of the American missile defense system are located on the continental part of the United States, in Europe (Poland and Romania), and the Asia-Pacific region. Naval ballistic missile interceptors (anti-missile destroyers) are deployed near the coasts of Russia and China. These countries have consistently opposed the deployment of the US missile defense system, considering it a threat to their national security. In addition, Russia is concerned that the missile defense bases in Romania and Poland use universal launchers, from which anti-missile and cruise missile launches are carried out on ships. The replacement of anti-missiles with cruise missiles can be carried out covertly and in a short time — in this case, the entire European part of Russia will be under the sights of cruise missiles.