US ABM shield in Europe may lead to sudden nuclear attack on Russia, Moscow says

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The US’ ABM sites in Europe and on warships patrolling Russia’s borders are creating the potential for America to launch an overwhelming surprise nuclear strike on Russia, the Russian general staff said.

“The presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against Russia,” Viktor Poznikhir, deputy head of operations of the Russian general staff, told a disarmament conference in Geneva.

The Conference on Disarmament being held in Switzerland over five days this week is an international forum focusing on global security and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction with the participation of 65 member states.

The US’ global antiballistic missile system is provoking a new arms race, Russia’s top brass has warned, adding that the US system, which includes sites in Alaska, Romania, and Poland, compromises Russia’s nuclear deterrence capabilities.

Russia estimates that by 2020 the US will have as many as 1,000 interceptor missiles at its disposal, which would be a threat to Russia’s missile capacity.

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“The presence of the global ABM system lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, because it gives the US the illusion of impunity for using strategic offensive weapons from under the protection of the ABM ‘umbrella,’” Poznikhir said.

“The ABM shield is a symbol of the build-up of rocket forces in the world and a trigger for a new arms race.”

Poznikhir also said that the American system poses a risk to the peaceful use of space by other nations.

He said the US is continuing to develop the system under a pretext of countering a perceived threat from North Korea and Iran, while ignoring Russia’s wider concerns.

The US’ attempt to get an advantage over Russia and China is undermining the global security system, Russia’s top brass said.

Poznikhir rejected the US’ contention that the ABM shield is incapable of intercepting all of Russia’s ICBMs if Moscow fires them en masse, and thus does not undermine its security, noting that the system can already intercept some missiles and would only become more capable in the future.

The US’ continuing development of the ABM shield “narrows down the opportunity for nuclear reduction dialogue,” the Russian official argued.

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  1. Maybe Russia should counter the illegal missile launching platform in Romania by placing their own platform in Cuba? Sound familiar? It was the USG that caused the first “Cold War” and they’ve done everything, with the exception of an actual strike, to drag the world into another Cold War with Russia. It’s sad that the same psychopaths have convinced the dumbed down western world that it’s all Russia, when in fact, if not for Russia’s tremendous patience, regarding belligerent US aggression, we would already be pillars of salt. The USG/NATO have been escalating provocations towards Russia for years, hoping to cause a first strike from Russia. So, if and when it happens, it will be long overdue. Frankly, I don’t care what happens to NATO troops on Russia’s border. If they get killed over there, it’s their own fault. Just following orders, regardless of whether or not they are justifiable, doesn’t mean $h!t to me. Blindly following criminal orders is largely to blame for the decline of civilization.

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