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Russia Threatens Pre-Emptive Strike On NATO Missile Defense Shields  

Posted by truther on May 4, 2012

Russia’s top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.
President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system.

Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov also warned on Thursday that talks between Moscow and Washington on the topic are “close to a dead end.”

U.S. missile defense plans in Europe have been one of the touchiest subjects in U.S.-Russian relations for years.

Moscow rejects Washington’s claim that the missile defense plan is solely to deal with any Iranian missile threat and has voiced fears it will eventually become powerful enough to undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Moscow has proposed running the missile shield jointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal.

Makarov’s statement on Thursday doesn’t seem to imply an immediate threat, but aims to put extra pressure on Washington to agree to Russia’s demands.

The two-day conference in Moscow is the last major Russia-U.S. meeting about military issues before a NATO summit in Chicago later this month. Russia has not yet said whether it will send top officials.

In a candid, lively exchange during a conference side session, officials talked about the high level of distrust remaining between the two sides.

“We can’t just reject the distrust that has been around for decades and become totally different people,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in addressing U.S. and NATO officials. “Why are they calling on me, on my Russian colleagues, to reject distrust? Better look at yourselves in the mirror.”

U.S. State Department special envoy Ellen Tauscher responded that neither country can afford another arms race.

“Your 10-foot fence cannot cause me to build an 11-foot ladder,” Tauscher said. “It’s going to have to take a political leap of faith and it’s going to take some trust that we have to borrow, perhaps, from each other and for each other, but why don’t we do it for the next generation?”.

At a later news conference, Tauscher played down Makarov’s comments on pre-emptive measures“We’ve heard it before,” she said. “We think that’s off on the horizon. We think they were showing us what could happen. I think we’re far from there, but we’re aware of what they’re saying.”The Obama administration tried to ease tensions with Russia in 2009 by saying it would revamp an earlier Bush-era plan to emphasize shorter-range interceptors. Russia initially welcomed that move, but has more recently suggested the new interceptors could threaten its missiles as the U.S. interceptors are upgraded.The U.S.-NATO missile defense plans use Aegis radars and interceptors on ships and a more powerful radar based in Turkey in the first phase, followed by radar and interceptor facilities in Romania and Poland.

Russia would not plan any retaliation unless the United States goes through with its plans and takes the third and final step and deploys defense elements in Poland, Antonov said Wednesday. That is estimated to happen no earlier than in 2018.

Russia has just commissioned a radar in Kaliningrad, its western outpost near the Polish border, capable of monitoring missile launches from Europe and the North Atlantic.

On Thursday, at the start of the conference attended by representatives from about 50 countries, Russia’s Security Council secretary reiterated Moscow’s offer to run the missile shield together with NATO. Nikolai Patrushev said such a jointly run European missile defense system “could strengthen the security of every single country of the continent” and “would be adequate for possible threats and will not deter strategic security.”NATO’s deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow, told the conference that the U.S.-led missile shield is “not and will not be directed against Russia” and that Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles are “too fast and too sophisticated” for the planned system to intercept.Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John McCain, on a visit to Lithuania, lashed out at Russia’s plans in Kaliningrad.McCain said using missile defense as an “excuse to have a military buildup in this part of the world, which is at peace, is really an egregious example of what might be even viewed as paranoia on the part of Vladimir Putin.”

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Russians are proving that they still have a cold war mentality long after the West stopped worrying about Russia.

It seems the less the West thinks about Russia the more Russians start to threaten.

Does Russia need to feel its is a threat to someone in order to boots its own national status/esteem?

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Post time 2012-5-9 05:27:41 |Display all floors
LaughsatYou Post time: 2012-5-8 16:42
Russians have proven to be very cautious, the strike is a bluff.

In what world do we live that your ...

Mr Putin is not bluffing , mr Putin said he will put iskander short range nukes that no shield can stop in heart of Europe.
Kaliningrad is in center of Europe part of Russia that is not conected with Russian mainland

Kaliningrad (Russian: Калинингра́д; Polish: Królewiec; Lithuanian: Karaliaučius; German: Königsberg; Czech: Královec) is a seaport city and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. The territory, the northern part of the former East Prussia, borders on NATO and EU members Poland and Lithuania, and is geographically separated from the rest of Russia.

Originally named Königsberg in German, the town was founded in 1255 by the order of the Teutonic Knights in honour of the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II and was part of Prussia and then of Germany until 1945, but was largely destroyed during World War II. Its ruins were occupied by the Red Army in 1945 and its German population forced out. It was renamed Kaliningrad in 1946 in honor of Mikhail Kalinin.

According to the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, its population was 431,491[3]—an increase from 430,003 recorded in the 2002 Census.[4] Its ethnic composition is 77.9% Russians, 8.0% Belarusians, 7.3% Ukrainians, 1.9% Lithuanians,[7] 0.6% Germans, and 0.5% Poles.[8]

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Post time 2012-5-9 05:31:13 |Display all floors
verdane Post time: 2012-5-8 17:18
Russians are proving that they still have a cold war mentality long after the West stopped worrying  ...

It seems the less the West thinks about Russia the more Russians start to threaten.

If so why NATO and west expanding toward Russian borders?

After fall of Berlin wall promise by west was no NATO expansion toward Russia!!!

why west don't keep promised commitment?

why west encircling Russia if is Russia so unimportant?

Russia had enough of double talk from west , first Napoleon than Hitler came to Moscow gates this time nukes will work and Europe might disappear for good.

Europe have to stop playing Amerikkkkkkkkkkkkan games , Europe have to embrace Russia as European country and friend.

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Post time 2012-5-9 06:34:03 |Display all floors
LaughsatYou Post time: 2012-5-9 06:28
Nato isn't expanding, satellite states freed like poland and break away soviet republics aren't in ...

Anyhow bringing Russian nukes to Kalingrad heart of Europe will make missile shield nothing but another waste of taxpayers money by neocon bandits.

It basically mean Europe will sit on nuclear booby trap.

If things go wrong boooooooooom the end of Europe.

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