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DefMin Dusa: Russian aircraft does not overfly Romania


National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa said on Tuesday at Deveselu, the southern Olt county that the Russian airplanes do not fly over Romania and there's no way they can breach the Romanian air space, when asked about possible overflights of some Russian aircraft in Romania.

When a journalist asked him about the existence of 'rumours about Russian aircraft flying over Romania', Dusa said: 'They do not overfly Romania. The patrol and air surveillance aircraft are ... No, there's no way they can overfly and breach the Romanian air space, but as I've said before, together with NATO over the past few weeks we organized air surveillance missions with the AWACS aircraft and the fighter aircraft of the Air Force equipment.'

Mircea Dusa on Tuesday met with the representatives of the local administration in Deveselu and he visited the military base where the elements of the Aegis Ashore missile shield will be installed. At the end of his visit, Dusa said there are no delays as regards the works at the military base, both as far as Romania is concerned, and the works carried out by the U.S. side.

'Having in view that the Deveselu base must become operational in 2015, I wanted to check today the progress of the works, both at the Deveselu facility and the external works that fall under the responsibility of the Local Council. Works at the base are on schedule, both for those performed by the Romanian and by the American partner,' Dusa said.

'We talked about the amount of investment in Deveselu infrastructure, what funds we have received so far, what has been done, what still needs to be done and completed, how much funding we still need. I said that the water supply and sewerage system is 99 percent complete and that we need another 4.5 million lei to put it into operation. The overall cost of the works is 11 million lei and we need another three million lei for the sewerage system and 1.5 million lei for the water supply and the treatment plant. The latter must be connected to the electricity network and the relevant costs stand at 170,000 lei. The Minister said he would take steps for us to receive the respective amounts and complete the works as soon as possible,' said Dveselu'mayor, Ion Aliman.

The mayor added that he presented the Minister the stage of the works on the Deveselu road network.

'As far as roadwork is concerned, only 10 percent was done, specifically the road to the military base. Upgrading the Deveselu road network costs 6.7 million lei, but we must first complete the utilities networks,' added the mayor.