Residents of Deveselu praise the presence of U.S. soldiers as their village finds itself in the spotlight ahead of the opening of a NATO ballistic missile defense site. Rough Cut -- Subtitled (no reporter narration).
In the small Romanian village of Deveselu the United States' European missile defense shield is almost set to go live... Despite failed attempts to satisfy Russian concerns that the shield could be used against Moscow. (SOUNDBITE) (Romanian) DEVESELU MAYOR, ION ALIMAN, SAYING: "Locating the missile defense facility in our area brought us only benefits." Local authorities and residents welcome the NATO missile defense base... and their new American neighbors. There have already been community building projects. PLAQUE AT KINDERGARTEN ENTRANCE, READING (English): "The construction of this kindergarten is a donation from the people of United States of America to the people of Romania through the partnership between the United States European Command and the Office of Defense Cooperation of the United States Embassy. August 2015" Some residents say the U.S. is the first foreign power working in the interests of its Romanian hosts. SOUNDBITE (Romanian) DEVESELU RESIDENT, EMIL PROCA, SAYING: "We were waiting for the Americans for a few decades - fifty, sixty years. Our generation is lucky, as we had the chance to receive them (American soldiers)...." The Deveselu facility will house the Aegis Ashore missile defense system aimed at defending against potential attacks from Iran.