KALININGRAD, November 29 (RIA Novosti)
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- White House unruffled by Russia missile threat
The launch of a new anti-missile radar station in the Russian Baltic Sea region of Kaliningrad should be treated by the West as the “first signal” of Russia’s readiness to counter “threats” posed by NATO’s missile defense plans, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.
The radar, which is capable of monitoring missile launches from the North Atlantic, as well as the United States’ future European missile shield, was put into operation earlier during the day. A source in the Russian Defense Ministry earlier said that the radar will go on combat duty starting December 1.
Addressing the Russian Armed Forces commanders after the radar's inauguration ceremony, Medvedev said its launch was intended to demonstrate Russia’s “readiness for an adequate response to the threats posed by [NATO’s] European missile defense system to out strategic nuclear forces.”
“If our signal is not heard, as I said on November 23, we will continue deploying other defense means,” he said.
Medvedev said in his address to the nation on November 23 that he had ordered the launch of the radar as part of Russia’s reaction to the United States’ missile shield plans. Russia may also deploy Iskander tactical missiles in the Kaliningrad region in the near future, he said.
At the same time, the Kaliningrad radar, which is located at Russia’s western-most border, is “not directed against our Western partners” and “could be used for joint defense,” Medvedev said on Tuesday.
Russia is seeking written, legally binding guarantees that the missile shield will not be directed against it. However, Washington has refused to provide those guarantees to Moscow and said it will not alter its missile defense plans despite increasingly tough rhetoric from Moscow.
“We can no longer be satisfied with a common statement that the phased and adaptive [missile defense] system that is being created is not directed against Russia,” Medvedev said. “Those are empty words, which unfortunately do not guarantee the protection of our interests.”
He added, however, that “if other steps are made,” Moscow will “certainly” take them into consideration.
“But anyway, oral statements are not enough,” he said.
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- rene20duchman16:12, 29/11/2011at long last progres progres progres.
at last russia is responding too the
hidden agenda of de EVIL USA IMPIAR
Russia can not back down nou. instead
of askin, thy most demanding.THE EVIL USA AND HIS CRONIES MOST BE STOPT.
- p2o2rianA Saber Rattling...18:16, 29/11/2011I am deeply disappointed with Russian response. Why? Let's see.
> The radar (...) was put into operation earlier during the day. A source in the Russian Defense Ministry earlier said that the radar will go on combat duty starting December 1.
The aforementioned radar as part of Space Defense System was to be operational in December without Mr Medvedev's saber rattling.
> “If our signal is not heard, as I said on November 23, we will continue deploying other defense means,” he said.
Mr Medvedev "plays" primitive PR for the world which is mind boggling. Let me suggest one thing - it'd be better Russia starts implementing the other means right now.
> Medvedev said in his address to the nation on November 23 that he had ordered the launch of the radar as part of Russia’s reaction to the United States’ missile shield plans.
I'm sorry to say that but that's B.S. (see the first point).
> Russia may also deploy Iskander tactical missiles in the Kaliningrad region in the near future, he said.
Oh, yes. Russia _may_, but _can_ she?
> Russia is seeking written, legally binding guarantees that the missile shield will not be directed against it.
This point alone baffles everyone - from common folks like me, to real Western and Eastern experts alike. "Legally binding guarantees" what's that? A piece of paper with real missile bases and radars deeply digged in and operational. Should I add - and set-up against Russian nuclear deterrent forces?
I will stop ranting here but I have one question - when do I read the Russian authorities ordered to build two new centers for manufacturing Iskander complexes? Just it was done with the S-500 systems.
P.S. I am not a petty warmonger (I hope so ;-) ). I read not only RIA Novosti news. There are a lot of other Russian websites in English and in Russian (one can use google translate at least) to search for news and analyses of current global and local events and military build-ups.
- email@example.comThis is a prudent decision by the Russian Government19:50, 29/11/2011Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the Russian government have taken the right steps to protect themselves and begin to neutralize the potential threat of the US European Missile Defence Shield.
The United States has refused to sign a legally binding international document stating that the US European Missile Defence Shield will not be pointed at and used against the Russian military.
Therefore the only conclusion that the Kremlin can draw from this is that in the future there is a potential for the US European Missile Defence Shield to be used against Russian military forces.
Under what circumstances would the United States / NATO / Europe use the US European Missile Defence Shield against Russia?
The only reason that I am aware of that United States / NATO / Europe would use the US European Missile Defence Shield against Russia would be to secure the energy resources of oil and natural gas around the Caspian Basin area.
The Caspian Sea / Caspian Basin area now have the largest remaining sources of light crude oil and natural gas on the planet.
I live in North America and for the past 6 years I have been following the news reports and documentaries on the concern of Peak Oil for North America.
Worldwide Peak Oil is the maximum amount of oil that can be extracted from all known oil reservoirs.
Worldwide Peak Oil was reached in June 2006.
The United States will have sufficient oil and natural gas reserves until the year 2020.
By the year 2020 many of the oil reserves it depends on will begin to run dry.
This is also true of Europe.
The Mexican oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico are now in catastrophic decline. They will be exhausted by 2020. The decline has been measured at 33% to 36% per year over the past few years. Mexico exports its oil to the United States where it is processed at the Texas oil refineries.
The North Sea oil reserves that supply oil to Great Britain and Europe are also now in catastrophic decline. They will be exhausted by 2020. The decline has been measured at 33% per year over the past few years.
Saudi Arabia in 2011 adjusted the oil available their oil reserves downward by 300 billion barrels.
Saudi Arabia has been experiencing an 8% decline in available oil flow for several years now. The oil industry in Saudi Arabia has been drilling new oil wells as quickly as possible to replace those that are running dry. Depletion of Saudi Arabian oil fields is expected between 2030 and 2040.
The Canadian Tar Sands are an additional source of oil to the United States. Reports from oil industry experts estimate that Canada can supply the United States with sufficient oil and natural gas energy until 2020. At this time the easy to mine tar sands near the surface will become exhausted.
The danger to the Canadian ecological system is that it completely destroys the land, poisons the the air and water. Cancer rates in Alberta Canada are very high. It takes a lot of energy to process the Canadian Tar Sands and this will become uneconomical after 2020. If it takes more energy to extract a barrel of oil then the process is no longer viable.
The United States has other sources of oil from Nigeria, Venezuela and now Libya.
The reason for the most recent Libyan crisis was for the United States, Canada and Europe to get full control of Libya's light crude oil reservoirs.
The Libyan government had threatened to sell their oil only to China and this was unacceptable.
With several of the United States, Canadian and European oil supplies in danger of running low in 2020 another source of easy affordable oil was required. Libya was the solution. Libyan oil fields are now firmly in control of the western oil companies.
Syria and Iran are now the next targets of acquisition for light crude oil reserves.
The last resource on the planet for light crude oil reserves / affordable oil reserves are the Caspian Basin area. There may also be other parts of Russian that have large supplies of oil and natural gas that I am not aware of.
It is my understanding based on past United States government actions that they will use their military to secure the energy resources of other countries not willing to share exclusively with the United States, Canada, NATO and Europe.
This was the case for the attack, invasion and occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and recently Libya.
This may be the future case for Syria and Iran.
The last energy target on the list is Russia and the Caspian Basin / Caspian Sea oil and natural gas reserves.
From past United States / Canada / NATO / Europe military actions the US European Missile Defence Shield is being put into place to disable military capability in Iran and Russia when the time is right.
The United States will not appear to start military actions, but it will retaliate if attacked.
Once the military targets have been eliminated then the oil and natural gas reservoirs can be secured for western and European consumption.
The years of 2020 to 2030 will be especially active militarily as the United States, Canada, NATO, Europe and China fight for control of the planets last remaining oil reservoirs.
The irony in all of this is that all known oil reserves will be sufficiently exhausted by 2030 as to disable our current modern oil based civilization.
Once the oil industry collapses this will lead to a collapse of the current world banking system, bankruptcies in many industries, mass unemployment, etc. The powers that be would like to keep the status quo for as long as possible. Human society is very resistant to change.
There are solutions to avoid a global meltdown between 2020 and 2030, but it will require a new way of thinking about how human civilizations can be run. My solution to avoid mass unemployment is the new financial concept of “Work Credits”. The concept of “Work Credits” allow countries to value their money supplies based on their country's most valuable natural resource, “their citizens” and their ability to do work that will benefit their community, city, state / province /republic, country.
Alternative energy solutions need to found and implemented instead of wasting valuable human lives, and resources fighting for what remaining oil reservoirs remain.
So it is in Russia's best interests to protect its fossil fuel energy reserves.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's plan to install radar missile sites to neutralize the US European Missile Defence Shield is both prudent and wise.
If the United States / Canada / NATO / Europe were not planning to use the US European Missile Defence Shield against Russian military targets then they would have signed an international agreement stating so.
This has not happened and so the Kremlin must assume that the US European Missile Defence Shield is a potential future threat to Russian military targets and it must neutralize that threat in defence of its country.
The United States would do no less if the threat was in North America.
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.