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by Stephen Lendman
In response to Washington activating its new missile defense system in Romania intended solely for offense – able to strike Russia’s heartland with nuclear-armed cruise missiles, Putin reacted, saying:
“Now, after the deployment of those anti-missile system elements, we’ll be forced to think about neutralizing developing threats to Russia’s security.”
Activating America’s missile system aimed at Russia violates arms treaties between both countries, escalating tensions and launching a new arms race.
“We’re not going to be dragged into” it, said Putin. “We’ll go our own way. We’ll work very accurately without exceeding the plans to finance the re-equipment of our Army and Navy, which have already been laid out for the next several years.”
“Recent developments indicate that the situation isn’t getting better. Unfortunately, it’s deteriorating.” Russia intends maintaining a strategic balance of power, wanting large-scale conflicts avoided.
It may withdraw from treaties with America if its lawless hostile actions continue. Eventual confrontation between both powers seems inevitable – the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war.
Last November, Putin said Russia is developing strike systems able to penetrate any missile defense shield. Work on its own shield is proceeding.
The true goal of America’s system is neutralizing Russia’s nuclear capability, he explained, along with gaining a first-strike advantage.
US-hyped Iranian and North Korea threats divert attention from Washington’s real intentions.
For years, Russian officials expressed concerns with their US counterparts, including at the presidential level, to no avail.
Targeting Russia’s heartland with possible nuclear-armed intermediate-range cruise missiles requires an appropriate defensive response.
America is no reliable partner. It’s Russia’s enemy, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing its sovereign independence.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.