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The United States and Romania have signed an agreement to base antimissile interceptors in Romania under a NATO missile-defense plan that has caused friction with Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the agreement with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi.

The interceptor missiles are expected to be deployed at a Romanian air-force base in around four years.

The Romania deal is part of a larger NATO missile-defense plan for Europe.

Russia has agreed to cooperate on the initiative but disagrees over its implementation, saying it should be a single integrated shield rather than two separate defense systems.

Turkey said recently it had reached agreement on the deployment of a radar on its territory as part of NATO's missile-defense system.

compiled from Reuters reports