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    Russia threatens Nato with military strikes over missile defence system

    From The Telegraph:

    Russia has threatened Nato with military strikes against in Poland and Romania if a missile defence radar and interceptors are deployed in Eastern Europe.

    General Nikolai Makarov, Russia's most senior military commander, warned Nato that if it proceeded with a controversial American missile defence system, force would be used against it.

    "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens," he said.

    Gen Makarov has threatened to target Nato bases hosting an anti-missile system designed by the US to protect European allies against attack from states such as Iran.

    He said that Russia would counter Nato deployment by stationing short-range Iskander missiles in the Russian Kaliningrad exclave near Poland, creating the worst military tensions since the Cold War.

    "The deployment of new strike weapons in Russia's south and northwest – including of Iskander systems in Kaliningrad – is one of our possible options for destroying the system's European infrastructure," he said. (...)
    Russia threatens Nato with military strikes over missile defence system - Telegraph

    Why is this not a top headline everywhere (or did I just miss it -- I came across this by accident)? Does nobody take Russia seriously anymore?

    And what do you think -- is this just sabor rattling to raise the price for the defense shield, or is there more behind it?
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    Re: Russia threatens Nato with military strikes over missile defence system

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    Why is this not a top headline everywhere (or did I just miss it -- I came across this by accident)? Does nobody take Russia seriously anymore?
    Probably because the Russian general's statement was more nuanced and less threatening than what the headline suggested. From Reuters:

    Makarov repeated Kremlin threats to deploy more missiles in southern and northwestern Russia for potential strikes against the installations and said Moscow could act pre-emptively if it saw the need...

    He said deploying such weapons, let alone using them to attack the missile shield, would be an "extreme measure" Russia hoped never to resort to, and later suggested that would be an option only if an imminent, severe security threat were spotted.


    Russia says it could pre-emptively strike missile shield | Reuters

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    Re: Russia threatens Nato with military strikes over missile defence system

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/warfar...sile-plan.html

    Maybe it will grab more attention here in the BN forum, but I dunno.
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    as I noted, its better that 10 nutjobs get guns than one good person be wrongly disarmed.

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    Re: Russia threatens Nato with military strikes over missile defence system

    Quote Originally Posted by Utility Man View Post
    http://www.debatepolitics.com/warfar...sile-plan.html

    Maybe it will grab more attention here in the BN forum, but I dunno.
    Sorry, I missed that other thread.
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    Re: Russia threatens Nato with military strikes over missile defence system

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    Sorry, I missed that other thread.
    Ty, and don't be sorry. Happens all the time, just figured you are looking for discussion on the topic and could use the info =).

    Last edited by Utility Man; 05-04-12 at 09:37 PM. Reason: Added the video.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    There were, by most estimates, 500 Nazis in Charlottesville. One of them went homicidal. Not all Nazis are violent extremists. You are trying to rationalize your hatred and it's simply not rational.
    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    as I noted, its better that 10 nutjobs get guns than one good person be wrongly disarmed.

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