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Russia Threatens Preemptive Strike if NATO Builds Missile Defense Shield

 
 
 
 
 
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Washington claims the shield is meant to protect against Iran, but Moscow knows its about undermining Russia’s military deterrence.

Russia’s top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike if Washington goes ahead with its plan to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.

The Obama administration has been pushing for a deal to build missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe through the NATO alliance, over the strong objections of the Russians. Washington claims its purpose would be to protect from any Iranian missile threat. But Moscow believes it would undermine their nuclear deterrent.

Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov on Thursday at a international conference attended by U.S. and NATO officials said, “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens.”

As a compromise, Moscow has proposed running the missile shield jointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal. Russian officials have described the diplomatic negotiations with the U.S.-led effort a “dead end.”

U.S. Senator John McCain complained that Russia is using this issue 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.”

Maybe, but paranoia also describes Washington’s supposed purpose behind the missile defense shield. Iran’s military capacity is minimal compared to America’s and most of Europe’s and the notion that a threat from the weak, isolated Iran calls for such a build-up in Eastern Europe is not rational (unless he’s doing it for purely political reasons).

More likely, Putin is justified in his paranoia, and the real reason for Washington’s plan is to weaken Russia’s defenses and maintain military hegemony over the region. That the Obama administration would risk potential war for the scheme is reckless indeed.

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  • paranoia

    McCain moron, we don’t need US anti missile system in Europe!
    No matter if this article attempts to portray Iran as weak or not doesn’t matter, nearly no European believes Iran would attack Europe, also the way how Russia looks like today it’s possessing no threat to Europe, it’s all US bullshit trying to divide and conquer!
    Fuck off with that AMS from Europe, regards from an European.

  • macropor

    The only threat to World peace and freedom is the Evil United States government that is controlled by Zionists and Freemasons who are on a mission to rule and conquer the whole world. :twisted:

    What an insult to peace loving countries to have missiles directed against them for no reason. :cry:

    This is a good example of the arrogance of Nato and America.

    Russia and Iran are no threat to anyone, this is only an excuse for the ill informed dumbed down public.

    I hope to see a pre-emptive strike by Russia against the missile facilities. :twisted:

    Russia needs to come out of the closet. :roll:

    • Misako

      Yes Bro You are 100% Right – AmeriKKKa is The Biggest Threat To Our World – Humanity .

  • J

    A person who’s farther was in the British forces said it’s America not Russia who’s going to be a threat to the whole world. From what we have been seeing its sure looking that way.

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