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Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

22:27:40
28/04/2017

zavtra.ru

On Thursday in the Russian capital Moscow the 6th conference on international security ended. According to experts, the main talking points were the statement that the actions of the West lead to a disruption in the balance of power in the world, including contributing to the spread of terrorism around the world. During the conference new evidence was presented that the US’ anti-ballistic missiles (ABM) were not created to defend against the mythical threat from Iran or North Korea, as was originally stated by Washington – the ABMs have the potential for a covert nuclear missile attack, directed against Russia and China. Thus, on Wednesday, the General Staff of the Russian Federation said that the US is preparing for a potential sudden nuclear attack on Russia. As was stated at the briefing by the first deputy head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Viktor Poznikhir, the US missile defense base in Europe and anti-missile ships near Russian territory “create a powerful hidden component” for a possible nuclear strike. “There is a reason I said that the US created the means for an instant global strike. Today, these developments are taking place, and systems are created that the Pentagon believes will help to strike with high precision from orbit, destroying our control points. That’s why Russia will of course take action, we will do everything to protect ourselves from the influence of both the means of instant global strike and missile defense. But this arms race is not needed by us nor anyone else,” he said.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, during the last 15 years the US spent $130 billion on missile defense. In the next five years Washington plans to allocate about another 55 billion. As a result, by 2022 the US’ missiles will be more than the warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles of Russia. “Such a quantity of means of fire of missile defense poses a serious threat to the Russian potential of deterrent, especially considering the constantly ongoing works on modernization of missile defense systems,” quotes RIA Novosti from the words of Poznikhir. The General said that the build-up of potential of US missile defense stimulates an arms race and forces other countries to retaliate. The deployment of US missile system violates the existing parity of strategic armaments and complicates dialogue on nuclear disarmament.

Later, the first deputy chairman of the defense committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament Frants Klintsevich said that Russia will be able to give a harsh response to a possible nuclear strike by the United States. According to Klintsevich, Poznikhir’s words were addressed to multiple recipients. “The first recipient – the world community. The second – a clear signal was sent to the United States leadership that any developments will not be a surprise for us. I think that this reminder will not be excessive. As is said – let them know that we know,” wrote Klintsevich on his page to Facebook. The Senator is sure that the surest guarantee for the preservation of peace today is the ability of Moscow “to answer to possible aggression in the most severest way.” “And finally, the most important recipient – Russian citizens. They have nothing to fear: the situation is under control,” added parliamentarian.

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