NATO's new European missile defense system is ready too start operating. This is one of the messages that came out of a two-day Summit held in Chicago where the leaders of the 28-nation alliance are gathering.
The mechanism will link together the missile defense systems of all the allies and it will be controlled by NATO.
NATO's Secretary general said that this is the first step towards a long-term goal of providing full coverage and protection for all NATO European populations.
Russia has voiced strong opposition to the idea. Experts say they believe it's a way to neutralize Russia's nuclear powers. NATO argues that the system is aimed at protection from Middle Eastern threats.
Russia wants joint control of the system and a legally binding guarantee that the system is not aimed at them. NATO has so far refused to do so.