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Russia Won’t Budge on Missile Defense

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Posted on Apr 23, 2007

Defense Secretary Robert Gates was dispatched to Russia on Monday to smooth over relations with Vladimir Putin, who is upset over U.S. plans to locate missile defense sites in Europe. Russia has repeatedly voiced its opposition to such plans, and Monday’s meeting between Gates and his counterpart was no exception.


AP via Guardian:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday urged Russia to drop its opposition to U.S. plans to develop defenses in Europe against long-range nuclear missiles, but the Russians refused to budge.

“We face new threats that require new strategies for deterrence and defense,” Gates said in a prepared statement delivered with Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov seated beside him. “We invite Russia to join our defensive endeavor as a partner.”

Serdyukov, however, made clear that Moscow is opposed.

“The Russian position with respect to this issue remains unchanged,” Serdyukov said.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 23, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Oh, I see - missile bases are now known as ” anti-missile bases”!

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By dale Headley, April 23, 2007 at 10:28 am Link to this comment
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How stupid does the Bush Administration think the Russians are, anyway?  Only Americans are that gullible.  The Russians know perfectly well that Iran poses no threat to them.  They know that this is all part and parcel of the neocon’s “Project for a New American Centrury”, their openly declared intention to dominate the entire world, economcally, politically, and militarily.  Those missiles are meant only to intimidate the Europeans, including the Russians, and they know it; so why would they agree to cooperate in their own subjugation?

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 23, 2007 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Sadly, the USA always wants the ability to be able to “wipe others off the face of the Earth”. In effect, all they ever do is to start a never-ending arms race. The military/industrial complex loves it!!!

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By QuyTran, April 23, 2007 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

They’re trying to get in ring with heavy knock-out punches. Nobody trusts both of them, the Imperialist and Communist.

Innocent people like us never want to bath in the oceans of blood created by these monsters !

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By James Yell, April 23, 2007 at 7:32 am Link to this comment
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I really can’t imagine the need for missile bases in Poland. If we haven’t been lied to again, than we have accurate missiles that are long range and do not have to be right on the Russian border to do the job.

It is hard to guess the direction that Russia is going to take in the future, but I doubt gouding them is going to help move us to a more peaceful future.

I think George and Cheney have created enough enemies for this country for one generation.

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