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Russia's military chief of staff said Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in preventive strikes in case of a major threat, the latest aggressive remarks from increasingly assertive Russian authorities.
"We have no plans to attack anyone, but we consider it necessary for all our partners in the world community to clearly understand ... that to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia and its allies, military forces will be used, including preventively, including with the use of nuclear weapons," Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky said.
Originally posted by infinite
Russia is a declining country with negative population growth. The government is paranoid due to so many domestic problems, that it's making outlandish statements in order to maintain control and display Russia as a powerful nation (which it isn't)
If the credit crisis continues and the Western economies decline, we will all pull our money out of Russia and it's economy will decline again.
This isn't World War three or even a major conflict in the making. Russia does not like it when we ignore them, which the UK, US and the EU will continue to do.
[Russian] GDP growth breached 7% last year and seems set to do almost as well this year. And unlike the boom before the 1998 default, which was driven by a fixed exchange rate and a mountain of government debt, this one looks real. The government's finances are under firm control, and foreign-currency reserves at the end of April stood at nearly $79 billion. Moody's rating agency promoted Russian debt to investment grade last October. Fixed investment grew by over 12% in 2003, which shows that companies are now modernising and expanding. Productivity is growing steadily...
Russia posted gross domestic product growth of 6.4% in 1999, 10% in 2000, 5.1% in 2001, 4.7% in 2002, 7.3% in 2003, 7.2% in 2004, 6.4% in 2005, 6.8% in 2006 with industrial sector posting high growth figures as well. Russia became the fastest growing economy in the G8. It is expected to grow about 7% in 2007.
Originally posted by mrsdudara
Considering all the egos on the board at this time, and all the egos quietly waiting to jump in, I agree with the poster that it could very well lead to WWIII. Unless someone folds and drops the matter all together