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Post time 2012-2-26 19:00:38 |Display all floors
Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)

Vladimir Putin believes the US is using the issue of Iran’s nuclear program as a pretext for regime change. Meanwhile, its AMD plans for Europe is an attempt to have a monopoly on security.

"Under the guise of trying to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction they the US are attempting something else entirely and setting different goals – regime change," news agencies quote Putin as saying.

The Russian PM pointed out that US foreign policy, including that in the Middle East, was expensive, inefficient and largely unpredictable. Putin also added that, among other things, it may eventually disserve Israel.

"They changed regimes in North Africa. What will they do next? In the end, Israel may find itself between the devil and the deep blue sea," he said.

The Russian PM raised a number of issues during roundtable defense talks that gathered dozens of high-ranking military experts. The meeting took place in Central Russia's city of Sarov, a closed town known as a center of nuclear research, and focused on domestic security issues as well as on global threats.
To begin with, Putin addressed the longstanding issue of NATO’s AMD plans for Europe and Russia’s involvement in the project.

“When it comes to developing our relationship towards joint AMD in Europe they do not want to talk seriously with us. They avoid direct talks about it. This is what happens – they try to make it look as if our relationship is developing.

“It is absolutely clear that national security is vital, but one has to do it without creating new global threats and without shifting the balance of strategic powers,” he added.

The US claims AMD is not aimed against Russia, while Putin says Russia’s growing arsenal of Topol-M and Yars and radio location stations are also not aimed against the US.

There have been several attempts to negotiate building a joint AMD shield that have shown no results, but Putin says there is a reason why NATO should reconsider the option.

“We have something that should push our colleagues and partners towards more constructive work than we’ve seen so far,” he said.

Regarding the state of national armaments Vladimir Putin said the West is far from understanding the potential.

“A few years ago we were told – not directly – but we know that the US told their colleagues in NATO ‘let Russia do whatever, all they have left is rust.’ Well today this is not the case.”
Talking about the US presidential elections and America’s relationship with Russia in the event of the right wing coming to power Putin said: “if some neoconservatives start trying to tighten the screws on us, they can do it till the thread bursts.”

“I think our position on Syria in the UN Security Council shows that we are not going to nod along to anyone. We hope it will always be like that,” he said in response to a statement by one of the officials attending the meeting that it was about time Russia stopped doing whatever America tells it to do.

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Post time 2012-2-26 19:15:45 |Display all floors
China knows the game

Iraq, Libya, Iran.

What do they have in common? Energy resources to fuel China's growth. Control China's main sources of energy and you control China.

The Stone Age regime in Saudi Arabia will be safe from Washington's program of regime change for the same reason that Suharto's Indonesia and Chile's Pinochet were safe.

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Post time 2012-2-26 22:51:23 |Display all floors
yes my government has had a basic china strategy of keeping china deprived of all the oil it can since way before i was born. that wont work any more. china has a massive populace room to grow and the need to develop we cant reign in our own expansionist tendencies and the powers in washington cant conceive that china can either. china is huge and has the abilty to eat all the fish in the oceans in the next twenty years yet it is one of the few countries with one child policies and thousand year old techniques for aquaculture. it is an interesting enigma like treating a step child badly for years all the while it is getting bigger than you.
every body writes on walls but me

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Post time 2012-2-27 11:08:55 |Display all floors
This post was edited by baofeng at 2012-2-27 11:19

Putin warns Israel and the West, again

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia is concerned about the "growing threat" of an attack on Iran over its nuclear program, warning that the consequences would be "truly catastrophic."

In an article on foreign policy for publication on Monday, six days before a March 4 presidential election he is almost certain to win, Putin also warned Western and Arab nations against military intervention in Syria.

"I very much hope the United States and other countries ... do not try to set a military scenario in motion in Syria without sanction from the U.N. Security Council," Putin said, according to a transcript.

On Iran, he said that "the growing threat of a military strike on this country alarms Russia, no doubt. If this occurs, the consequences will be truly catastrophic. It is impossible to imagine their real scale."

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