Soulipsis readers: Please be aware Russia’s new stealth fighter, the Su-57, has now been deployed in Syria, several years AHEAD of schedule, according to Thierry Meyssan of Voltaire Network. I think that gives extra credence to Putin’s words.
Russia Shows Off New Weapons – Tells U.S. To “Come Down To Earth”
In his yearly address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation President Putin spoke about the progress his country has made and about future aims of Russian policies. Most of the address was devoted to internal Russian economic and social developments.
The last part of the two hour long speech (video, English simultaneous translation) were a presentation of Russia’s new military posture in response to U.S. encroachment and the global U.S. missile defense system. Putin announced the development and fielding of new types of strategic weapons which together will make the U.S. global missile defense systems useless. The thirty minutes section starts at 1h:18m.
In 2007 Putin spoke at the Munich Security Conference and warned of U.S. attempts to create a unipolar world:
[W]hat is a unipolar world? However one might embellish this term, at the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, namely one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making.It is world in which there is one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.
In 2002 the U.S. unilateral ended the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. In 2004 the U.S. and NATO included global missile defense into their strategic nuclear forces’ drills. Since then Russia has continuously warned that it will have to respond to such a development.
Since the ABM treaty had come into force it created stability by guaranteeing Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). If one side would fire its nuclear armed intercontinental missiles onto the other side that side would response by firing its own missiles. Thus both states would be destroyed. MAD guaranteed that neither had any interest in starting such a war in the first place.
With a missile defense shield the balance changes. A first strike becomes possible because the missile shield can defeat the retaliating second strike. Since the U.S. terminated the ABM agreement it has constantly build up its missile defense and thus threatens Russia’s survival:
“The global US anti-ballistic missile system includes a naval group. These are five cruisers and 30 destroyers, as far as we know, deployed in areas in the immediate vicinity of the territory of Russia,” Putin said in an address to Russian parliamentarians on Thursday.The president also warned that the range of missiles will only increase, while further deployment is planned in Japan and South Korea.
Additionally the U.S. has shown no interest in renewing the only two strategic weapon control
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The official English translation of the speech is now available.
Posted by b on March 1, 2018 at 02:24 PM | Permalink