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Russia proceeds from the necessity to maintain its strategic defense potential, says Russia’s Ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin.

­Russia’s primary interest is in protecting its citizens, says the NATO envoy.

“We cannot afford to trade on the security of our citizens,” Rogozin said. “So if anyone puts an eye on it or casts a doubt on it, counter measures should certainly be worked out. And today the president named those measures.”

Rogozin went on to predict that there would be some tough talking during the forthcoming meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on December 8.

“Our colleagues from NATO will have to respond to the question: Why, if you call Russia a partner, are you building the potential to undermine Russia’s security?”

Meanwhile, former commander of the missile attack prevention army Lt. Gen. Nikolay Rodionov said the measures voiced by President Medvedev are capable of neutralizing the threats resulting from the deployment of the American missile defense system, told Interfax.

These measures “are aimed at wrecking the US plans to strike Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed in the European parts of the country,” he said. “At the same it, it is a signal to our western partners to do everything possible in order to avoid a new arms race, which is inevitable given the implementation of US missile defense plans.”

Rodionov noted that when speaking about the deployment of strike systems in Russia’s west and south, Medvedev “undoubtedly” meant Iskander missile systems – “a high-precision weapon” which is “practically invulnerable to air defense systems.”

Finally, commenting on President Medvedev’s statements, NATO’s official representative in Russia, Oana Lungescu, said that the alliance’s proposal to discuss ways of cooperation in the AMD issue remains in force.

However, President Medvedev’s announcement does not mark the end of the so-called “reset” in Russia-US relations, believes the chairman of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee, Mikhail Margelov.

“I can state this as a participant of the meeting between the [Russian and US] presidents in Honolulu,” he told Interfax.

“The president has presented retaliatory steps which our country has to make because of the US refusal to provide legally-binding guarantees that the deployment of the American missile defense shield in Europe will not be aimed against Russia,” Margelov said.

The official noted that that despite disagreements, the two countries are not enemies. He observed that there have been differences in approaches when it comes to security issues “even between closest allies.”

­America says it is concerned with protecting its own homeland, yet it is deploying missiles along the Russian border. According to political analyst Igor Khokhlov, this policy of surrounding Russia and the former Soviet Union with missile bases actually dates back to the 50s and 60s.

He added the United States has pulled the rug out from under its European allies by surrounding the Russian territory with missile bases.

“Russia has adequate responses, especially with its new generation of missiles like Iskander, which can be put in Europe and will endanger the European allies of the US. The European allies of the US, who joined this program, are putting their own populations at risk because before these events there was no danger from Russia, and now Russia has a response to America putting its missile bases around its territory,” he said.

­Glyn Ford, a former Member of the European Parliament, told RT Europe has an obligation to moderate any US plans that fail to take account of Russia’s genuine security concerns over the ABM project.

“I think the European Union and the European members of NATO have a responsibility to press the United States to actually try and come to some accommodation with Russia on this matter. The two things would be – either we do not deploy or we provide information to Moscow that enables them to be assured that if you want a change in the balance of forces, it is comparatively small.”

­Russian political analyst Dmitry Babich told RT the timing of President Medvedev’s statement was not accidental.

“There are several reasons why the statement was made now. First, we should not forget that we are in the midst of an election campaign right now in Russia and also the American electoral campaign, so probably Russia could view this as the last moment when something can be renegotiated on missile defense and on the START treaty,” he stated.

According to Babich, the Republican opposition in the US will push Obama to be tougher on Russia.

“They have already threatened to renegotiate the START treaty. They think that it is too beneficial for Russia, though I would argue that it is correct,” he added.

­Europe seems now to be directly involved in the row between Moscow and Washington on missile defense. The Iskander missiles could be directed towards Europe as Medvedev has threatened, but as professor Nina Bashkatov, from the Liege University, told RT, this is between Russia and the United States.

“Europe should have no political reason to fear that those countries could be slipping in such hostility that war can be envisaged, let alone a nuclear war declared,” she said.

­Despite the fact that the US calls for an anti-missile defense system, Moscow’s concern is that Russia will be totally encircled and that it has the potential be used as an offensive system. According to political analyst Aleksandar Pavic, verification is very hard in these things.

“They can very easily and quickly be turned into offensive systems. We have to remember in 2002 US president George Bush unilaterally withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty. This was the treaty that kept clear stability, not just in Europe but throughout the world for more than 30 years. Such threats actually increase the chances of a nuclear war or even accidental nuclear war. And the further way we get from that doctrine, which assured the peace, the more dangerous the whole international environment is becoming,” he stressed.

­Alice Slater from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation told RT it is unlikely the situation will lead to a new Cold War style arms race.

“I hope somebody will have some good sense because basically the US is a crumbling empire – it is in debt, it cannot fund its roads, it has wasted its national treasure on the military, and it is almost like it has to have a total shift into the 21st century. War is not the answer anymore and there are many problems America has to deal with. Hopefully this is a wake-up call,” she said.

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  • geo

    Hahahahahaaaa Have you had enough of ww2, dumb ruskies-when you enjoyed cannibalistic feasts at Stalingrad, Leningrad etc? You are threatening the world again instead of living in your baloved Russia, the land of the vodka lovers? Here’s to what I have to say; try attacking ONE US military site and your mother Russia will be sent back to the stone age (as if it isn’t already there). Maybe it’s time for the world to ISOLATE this loony bin Russia once and for all. FUCK RUSSIA AND FUCK YOU RUSSIAN PEASANTS!

    • anna

      What’s wrong? Did you get fired from your migrant labor job in the EU and are tired of sleeping on a park bench?

      • Just Russian

        Neither this or that. Mentally sick individuals don’t actually need any real reasons for their hatred, they hate JUST BECAUSE. And somehow, all of them are “God chosen people” :wink:

        He is trolling, don’t you see? And obviously has no any success according to the votes anywhere he is posting.

      • geo

        :-D Don’t tell me you are another Anna Chapman living in the USA. If so, I’ll send the FBI to bust your ruskie ass!

  • Romania wtf?!

    geo you are the most stupid asshole that I’ve ever seen… Pathetic romanian.. what the f*ck are you talking about world war and peasants? Your whole country’s about peasants… Your country were nothing during the world wars and so on… I can advice you one thing: start to learn some history before you’re talking sh*t. I don’t realy like Russia but now they’re absolutely right!

    • geo

      And you are a hunGAYrian, if I’m not mistaken? I suggest you read about operation Margarete in WW2 when Hitler invaded your gypsy bozgor country because of TREASON. Also read about 1919 when Romania invaded hunGAYry, the country of all fags and gave it to you UP THE ASS while we were fighting the russians on the eastern front. At least you liked it, right hungayrian?

  • Romania wtf?!

    Geo if you are proud of the great world war (WWI) when your country decided to stab Hungary in the back when Hungary regarded your country as a friend… Your country were in ally with the Central Powers but you wanted Transylvana which has belonged to Hungary for thousand years!!! Entente (allied powers)promised Transylvana for your country if you backstab the Central Powers.. Nearly the same story during the WW2! So stop telling me sh*t. Your whole country were/is/and always be a slave country where’s no virtue, dignity, and honor…a country Which can not be respected for the reasons what it did during the world wars and nowadays…

    • geo

      First of all, hungayrian-read your own history! You arenot even european to begin with; Transilvania was inhabited by the ancient relatives of today’s romanians LONG BEFORE you hungayrians came from the pits of Asia. Use your precious fingers RIGHT NOW and type “romanians” or “transylvania” and get educated. Before ww1 your pathetic little country was an ally of Austria,Germany and many europeans lived under foreign dominance.We all know history of Europe. But WW1 started under the pretext of that austrian loser killed in Serbia, the shit hit the fan and us europeans decided to break your little austro-hungo-germanic gang. Romanians were majority in Transilvania AS STATISTICS SHOW, so we took advantage of ww1 and liberated ourselves. Then in 1919 we taught you a little lesson. WE WERE NEVER FRIENDS, NOR WILL WE EVER BE. You feel free to love the ruskies; i love the free world!

  • Romania wtf?!

    But it was realy off topic! I stop argue about the history!
    I hope Russia will find a way to solve this solution in a peaceful way!

  • Dilip Io

    US and nato are the first enemy to all the peace loving democratic countries. They are the enemy to mankind.only Russia can save the world.

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