MOSCOW — Russia’s top military officer has threatened to deal apre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities inEastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversialmissile defense plan. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliatemilitarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United Statesand NATO on the controversial missile defense system. Chief ofGeneral Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken ifthe situation worsens,” Makarov said. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov also warned Thursdaythat talks between Moscow and Washington on the topic are “close toa dead end.” U.S. Android Wifi Gps Phone
missile defense plans in Europe have been one of the touchiestsubjects in U.S.-Russian relations for years. Moscow rejects Washington’s claim that the missile defense plan issolely to deal with any Iranian missile threat and has voiced fearsit will eventually become powerful enough to undermine Russia’snuclear deterrent. Moscow has proposed running the missile shieldjointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal. Makarov’s statement on Thursday doesn’t seem to imply an immediatethreat, but aims to put extra pressure on Washington to agree toRussia’s demands. Triple Sim Card Mobile Phone Manufacturer
The Obama administration tried to ease tensions with Russia in 2009by saying it would revamp an earlier Bush-era plan to emphasizeshorter-range interceptors. Russia initially welcomed that move,but has more recently suggested the new interceptors could threatenits missiles as the U.S. interceptors are upgraded. The U.S.-NATO missile defense plans use Aegis radars andinterceptors on ships and a more powerful radar based in Turkey inthe first phase, followed by radar and interceptor facilities inRomania and Poland. Russia would not plan any retaliation unless the United States goesthrough with its plans and take the third and final step and deploydefense elements in Poland, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonovsaid Wednesday. 3G Video Call Phones
That is estimated to happen no earlier than in2018. Russia has just commissioned a radar in Kaliningrad, its westernoutpost near the Polish border, capable of monitoring missilelaunches from Europe and the North Atlantic. On Thursday, at the start of a two-day conference withrepresentatives from about 50 countries, a top Russian defenseofficial reiterated Moscow’s offer to run the missile shieldtogether with NATO. Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said such ajointly run European missile defense system “could strengthensecurity of every single country of the continent” and “would beadequate to possible threats and will not deter strategicsecurity.” NATO’s deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow, told theconference Thursday that the U.S.-led missile shield is “not andwill not be directed against Russia” and that Russia’sintercontinental ballistic missiles are “too fast and toosophisticated” for the planned system to intercept. The conference in Moscow is the last major Russia-U.S.
meetingabout military issues before a NATO summit in Chicago later thismonth. Russia hasn’t said whether it will send top officials there. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John McCain on a visit to Lithuania lashedout at Russia’s plans in Kaliningrad. McCain said using missile defense as “excuse to have a militarybuildup in this part of the world, which is at peace, is really anegregious example of what might be even viewed as paranoia on thepart of Vladimir Putin.”.