Lavrov: Russia Concerned by US Aspiration to Deploy Missiles in Asia Pacific

Our Western colleagues reject this moratorium, don’t want to hold talks on this subject, this is sad.

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Russia is concerned over US’ aspiration to deploy short-and intermediate-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference following talks with his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong on Wednesday.

According to him, the subject of the potential deployment of the US’ land-based short-and intermediate-range missiles in the Republic of Korea was not discussed during the talks today.

“For a very simple reason that we are very well aware of the principled position of the president and the government of the Republic of Korea against such a deployment,” the Russian top diplomat noted.

“If one talks about other countries and regions, we are certainly concerned over the aspiration declared by the Americans to deploy those missile systems banned by the INF Treaty in a land-based variant not only in Europe but also in the Asia-Pacific region,” the foreign minister said.

The Russian diplomat noted that Russia confirms the offer made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Americans and other NATO members a couple of years ago to declare a reciprocal moratorium on the deployment of such missiles in all regions worldwide.

“Our Western colleagues reject this moratorium, don’t want to hold talks on this subject, this is sad,” he pointed out.

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  1. 3/3 – “Semantics may deceive the civilian layman, but the Russians have always known the “shield” is a sword….. Mk-14 canisters containing Tomahawk cruise missile have the same dimensions as the Mk-21din that launches the anti-ballistic missle SM-3 block 1b. The Tomahawk missile is armed with the miniaturized nuclear warhead W80 50 kt. American technology enables also replacing the Mk 142 kinetic cargo of rocket missile SM-3 Block 1b with the miniature nuclear warhead W80, from the cruise mini-rocket AGM-86 ALCM (which has the same mass as the SM-3 Block 1b). ” (US Anti-Missile Shield or Sword?, Valentin Vasilescu (Katehon), 23/06/2016), etc…. The Australians believe they are somehow enhancing their security through ‘collective strength’ (participation in successive US-led wars of aggression with current efforts to form anti-China alliances such as AUKUS and the QSD being the basis of an ‘Asian NATO’). As China has responded by targeting Australia in war scenarios (US objectives of integrating Taiwan into its military-missile architecture and partitioning Taiwan from China translating to eventual situations of war), the opposite has occurred.

  2. 2/3. The Australians are committed to attaining concealed allied nuclear weapon delivery potential. In addition to plans to increase the presence of US military architecture (including nuclear-capable aviation and US nuclear submarines), this is also the basis of the decision to procure nuclear-powered (and nuclear-capable) submarines (US Virginia-class or UK Astute-class being shortlisted) and the MK-41 VLS on naval platforms: – “The Hobart-class guide-air warfare guided missile destroyer is the newest ship class in the RAN. It is equipped with the Aegis Combat System and AN/SPY1 radar…… The vessels are equipped with the MK 41 Vertical Launch System….. Two other destroyers in the class are under construction.” (Lockheed Martin receives contract for Australian AEGIS systems, UPI, Jul 11, 2017); – “BAE Systems [is manufacturing] Mk 14 Mod 2 Tomahawk missile launching canisters for the U.S. Navy. The canisters will [enable] loading of the U.S. Navy’s Tactical Tomahawk Missile for firing from the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS).” (US Navy Orders New Mk14 Tactical Tomahawk Missile Launching Canisters, Deagel, April 28, 2008);

  3. 1/3. Australian moves to acquire allied nuclear device delivery potential would send shockwaves through the region if it were commonly known. It is however not a secret. – “[Australian] Strategic analyst Hugh White has reignited a debate in media and security circles about building nuclear weapons…… His recently published book, How to Defend Australia, argues that nuclear weapons need to be considered….. He is outlining an entire agenda, including what would be needed to build nuclear weapons and the necessary delivery systems. He advocates creating a nuclear arsenal along the lines of Britain and France, based on submarine-launched missiles.” (Prominent Australian academic suggests building nuclear weapons, By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2019); – Australia may need to consider nuclear weapons to counter China’s dominance, defence analyst says, By Andrew Greene, ABC, 02/07/2019; – “Lowy Institute analyst Peter Layton proposed in an article on January 17 that Australia consider “sharing nuclear weapons” rather than developing an independent arsenal. He suggested the placement of US nuclear weapons on Australian soil on the same basis as in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Turkey, or alternatively, cost-sharing with Britain to build its fleet of Dreadnought-class nuclear submarines, armed with Trident nuclear missiles.” (Renewed push for Australia to build nuclear weapons, By Peter Symonds, WSWS, 30 January 2018), etc….