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Posted on 12/03/2005 12:55:41 PM PST by lizol
Russia annoyed at Poland missile shield plan: paper
WARSAW (Reuters) - Russia is annoyed at Poland's plans to host a U.S. anti-missile system, a top Moscow general told a Polish newspaper, adding that such a space umbrella in central Europe would only make sense in a conflict with Russia.
In what critics said was a diplomatic lapse, Warsaw's new conservative government said last month that it was considering hosting the U.S. anti-missile system, making public what had previously been a subject of discreet talks with Washington.
"Of course (such a system) would be aimed against us," General Yury Baluyevsky, chief of Russia's general staff, told Gazeta Wyborcza in an interview published on Friday. "Rockets from other states would never fly to the West over Polish soil."
"Including central Europe in the U.S. anti-missile system would strengthen it in case of a conflict with Moscow ... I don't expect a nuclear conflict between Russia and the West."
The United States is investing tens of billions of dollars to develop the Missile Defense Initiative (MDI), which would use rockets to shoot down ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or bacteriological warheads.
Poland's ruling conservatives, who won September's general elections, regard the United States as the guarantor of security for Poland and want the NATO and European Union member to continue its close military co-operation with Washington.
A former Polish foreign minister said Washington had asked Warsaw to remain discreet about the shield plans to soothe Russian concerns that the move would be aimed against Moscow.
The debate about the missile shield coincided with Russia's decisions to ban the import of most Polish food products after reported irregularities in health standards and certificates. Warsaw officials say the trade row may be politically motivated.
Baluyevsky said Russia had no plans to stop Poland from obtaining a rocket shield, saying: "What can we do? Go ahead build the shield, but think what will later fall on your heads."
What does Russia mean aimed agaisnt us? The missle shield isn't aimed at anyone, it is for defense. If I were poland I would be asking Russia why they don't want Poland to have a defense against missles.
How dare you try to defend yourself against our missiles!
The audacity of it all!
"What does Russia mean aimed against us? The missle shield isn't aimed at anyone, it is for defense. If I were poland I would be asking Russia why they don't want Poland to have a defense against missles."
They may be thinking in terms of a first strike capability- that if we can defend against their return fire then we could safely launch a first strike.
Russian genrals are trained to think this way. It is a holdover from the bad old days of the USSR, when generals got their rank by being ruthlessly political, and survived by being paranoid
The main benefit of basing a missle defense in Poland will come not against Russia; but when the inevitable Iranian nukes are on missles that can range to Europe. An SDI in Poland is well placed to stiffen European spines, in that case.
uh ... Poland has troops deployed at our side in the war on terror.
Iran is a primary sponser of Islamic terror.
Iran is developing long range, nuclear capable missles.
Iran is developing nuclear warheads for those missles.
Poland is well advised to be part of the global / European defense umbrella.
All this may have nothing at all to do with their reasoning. It just kinda jumps off the page at me. Nobody actually expects the Russian to launch missle strikes against the west at this point.
Hasn't Russia dissolved yet? What's holding up the show?
Nuclear warheads are supposed to explode over their targets.
His point would be valid only if the shield is designed to destroy targets over Polish soil, which would sort of defeat the purpose, from Poland's perspective.
Thank you for the informative post.
You are welcome :)
Maybe the Russian's and Poles would consider returning to their pre-1939 borders and then everyone will be happy, well almost everyone.==
I beleive Russia will not be against it:).
They may be thinking in terms of a first strike capability- that if we can defend against their return fire then we could safely launch a first strike.==
...sweet news from Poland! Cheers for Poland! It will be a safer country, while the rest of Europe chats endlessly with Iran and its evil allies.
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