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Russia held out an olive branch to President Barack Obama today by suspending plans to deploy missiles in Europe, according to a report in Moscow.
An official from Russia's General Staff in Moscow told Interfax news that the move had been made because the new United States leadership was reconsidering plans to establish a missile defence shield in eastern Europe.
Deployment of Iskander short-range missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, was being suspended in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad in response, the unidentified official said.
Russia 'stops missile deployment in Europe because of Obama.' It has always been my opinion that the European 'missile defense shield' was a provocative posture and would lead to anything BUT defense. Clearly, Russia would be forced to counter the move and we would be back into another crippling arms race.
Nato soldiers in Afghanistan have reached a landmark deal with Moscow to let them haul supplies in through Russia. Food and fuel for British troops in Helmand could soon arrive via one of the highest, longest and most dangerous mountain passes in the world.
Most of the supplies for foreign troops in Afghanistan come through the Khyber Pass, from Pakistan.
But worsening violence there has shut the road for weeks at a time - leaving soldiers dangerously low on supplies.
The deal means Nato supply convoys coming from the north will have to cross the Hindu Kush mountains, via a terrifying mountain pass almost two-and-a-half times the height of Ben Nevis.
Crucially, though, the highway is largely free of Taliban or insurgent activity.
"It is one of the safest highways in Afghanistan," said Haroun Mir, founder of the Afghanistan Centre for Policy Studies and Research.
The thing that bugged me about all this was why did it even need to be out in the open? Surely we would know if tensions were mounting, in which case it wouldn't be hard to share technology with the nations we would use to host such a shield and work together anyway?
It could all be done in secret could it not? And having it out in the open would make it useful for how long exactly? There would be a race, Russia would develop a way around it, we would follow to combat that, they would move again. At least if it was done only when actually needed and maintained a level of secrecy, there would be an element of surprise.
That's why I am more convinced that this was all about scaring the public, encouraging animosity and provoking Russia. Which makes me also consider that Russia were right when they suggested that this was an attempt to get missiles aimed at them.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Lemme guess ... Russia wasn't able to get their missiles up and running on time so they 'extended an olive branch' for a while to make themselves look good in the eyes of those gullible enough to believe them.
ussia wasn't able to get their missiles up and running on time so they 'extended an olive branch' for a while to make themselves look good in the eyes of those gullible enough to believe them.
They will still deploy missiles ONCE they have the money or the development done
Russias objection to the missile shields are strictly for show anyway.
Originally posted by sadchild01
what ?? are you living in 1976 ?
Unless you've actually been to Russia you likely won't 'get it'. And you'll write-off Russia's move with cynicism and doubt. Russia is bare-ass'd naked to an invasion. There is virtually nothing --- in the way of natural barriers --- to stop a large scale invasion.
Russia has always been paranoid about this. Especially post - WWII. Also, they've suffered the consequences of an arms race and likely don't care for a repeat (Although the outcome of the next one may be very different than the last). The Russ v. USA mind set is so 1950's. The world is an entirely different place.
Sure, Russia (and China) want to cement their respective places in the world scheme-of-things but that doesn't mean we're still in a Khrushchev-esque confrontational posture. The PTB want it that way. There are hundreds- of -billions of dollars up for grabs in an arms race. They undoubtedly get Docker-tents just thinking about it. Screw live- and- let- live. No money to be made in that.