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Posted on 03/01/2005 7:07:17 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia will develop missiles impervious to any defense, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday in an apparent allusion the nascent U.S. missile defense system.
A year ago, President Vladimir Putin said Russia could build unrivaled new strategic weapons, and in November he said it is developing a new nuclear missile system unlike any weapon other countries have or could come up with in the near future.
Ivanov suggested the weapons would be based on the mobile version of the Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles and on a new sea-based system, the Bulava, according to Interfax news agency.
"There is not and will not be any defense against these missiles," he said, according to Interfax.
The Topol-M can hit targets more than 6,000 miles away, and has been in silos since 1998, with about 40 on duty now, according to military officials. Military officials have said they plan to begin deploying the mobile version this year.
Ivanov said the missiles would be for defense and not be intended for use against any country, but he added that "Russia is stretched across 10 times zones, we have many neighbors, and not all of them are as predictable as European states," according to Interfax.
In December, Putin encouraged the Defense Ministry to keep up production of new strategic missile systems, a process slowed in the past by a shortage of funds.
"Russia will ... remain a major nuclear power," Ivanov said, according to Interfax. "But we will not bake missiles like pies. Their quantity should be such that it allows for the provision of our own security in any potential development of the international situation."
Russia opposed Washington's withdrawal in 2002 from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense shield, saying the 30-year-old U.S.-Soviet pact was a key element of international security.
Russian officials subsequently tempered their criticism. Putin said it was a "mistake" that would hurt global security but not threaten Russia.
The ABM treaty banned missile defense systems on the assumption that the fear of retaliation would prevent each nation from launching a first strike - a strategy known as mutually assured destruction.
The Bush administration has said its prospective missile defense system would be aimed against potential missile threats from nations such as Iraq or North Korea, and would be unable to fend off a massive nuclear strike Russia is capable of launching.
Uh, Russia, we weren't thinking of you re the Missile Shield. Thanks for the heads up.
Uh, yeah right.
They can't defeat a bunch of Chechens but they have state of the art missiles...
PUTIN = Commie liar.
Pre-emptive strikes work pretty well.
How many days were we in Afghanistan?
Okey-dokey, we'll have to zap them before launch!
Putin is starting to remind me of Kruscheve more and more every day. The last technological breakthrough they had was Sputnik and that was because they had all of the former Nazis. I really doubt they have anything new now.
Uh ... I think they better think twice about that.
This is not standard Putin PR. I wonder if he's having Kruschev-like fantasies. What does he do for an encore, bang his fist on the table after guzzling several shots of Stoli?
I guess they're talking about building hypersonic missiles. A mach 10 bad boy.
I think we should be. It sounds like a veiled backhanded threat to me. Is anyone else in the world deploying ABMs??
They made the statement today because of last Thursday's successful final/production test of the Aegis BMD 3.0/SM3 ABM system.
How does he know?
It sure is. The question is, is this a prequel to a new chill or is it just a slip and fall on the ice?
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