Analysis by: Botond Zákonyi.
On 13 September 2011 American and Romanian Ministers of Foreign Affairs Hillary Clinton and Theodor Baconschi concluded an agreement on the deployment of ballistic missile defence systems to Romania. US President Barack Obama had a half an hour discussion with his Romanian counterpart Traian Băsescu and congratulated him on the document titled “Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century. Between the United States of America and Romania” which was also signed during the event. The agreement on the deployment of missile defence systems was welcomed by the Secretary General of NATO, the Russian partner moderately voiced its concerns over the development, while the Romanian media presented it as a momentous security policy event and as a clear evidence of Romania’s growing geopolitical importance. The background of the missile defence treaty and Romanian diplomatic thought as well as various elements of the changing political latitude of Romanian foreign policy are elaborated on in the following.