Article from 2012 – just a WHOLE year ago. For you Russia lovers, remember that a time may come if you continue to “Believe in Putin” that you might become radioactive atoms floating in the stratosphere for some centuries. The Russians ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS. What Putin is really thinking about is planning and directing the Russian military is to be able to carry out is a first strike scenario. You know, for his memoirs. A.P.
Dmitry Medvedev on nuclear weapons: “They may still come in handy”
On 26, May 2012
Almost as if the strategic leaders and the media have no idea what’s happening on Russian soil, Dmitry Medvedev seems to be shouting it from the rooftops. As we have learned in the past, when Russia makes promises, they lie; when Russia makes threats, they are telling the downright truth. In just the past week, they have made one threat after another concerning their resistance to NATO’s missile shield, and things just got worse.
Exacerbating the tensions between NATO allies and Russia, Medvedev decides to flex Russian muscles on their nuclear capabilities. Charles Clover and Geoff Dyer of FT.com report:
Then, taking the podium in a glittering Kremlin ballroom, Mr. Medvedev declared that Russia’s younger generation needed positive role models to inspire them towards “success in literature, art, education, and” – he paused wistfully – “nuclear weapons”.
Medvedev continues to talk about Russia’s itchy trigger finger and their nuclear arms capabilities.
“They may still come in handy,” he said, apropos, seemingly, of nothing. “We’re not going to use them, but let’s still keep them around, because we have a big country, a complex country. We must value it and protect it.”
This heightened rhetoric is suspected to be coming from what was discussed at the most recent NATO summit in Chicago. The NATO European missile defense shield has been the subject of debate over the past few weeks, but it seems as if Russia is bringing the aggravation to a head. They claim that the defensive measures of the shield would provoke war. But, I thought that war was over? Apparently, not.
In fact, the article goes on to state:
If that were to happen, said General Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s general staff, it could lead to an “illusion of security”, which could lead to war. Countries allowing the missile defence shield on their soil, Gen Makarov said, risked a Russian nuclear first strike. “A decision on pre-emptive use of the attack weapons available will be made when the situation worsens,” he breezily told a news conference this month.”
Yes, the good general actually said the words, “nuclear first strike”. This is extremely unnerving, especially given their recent activities, as reported earlier last week. Steve Gutterman of Reuters reports:
The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was successfully launched from the Plesetsk facility in northwestern Russia and its dummy warhead landed on target on the Kamchatka peninsula on the Pacific coast, the Defense Ministry said.”
The new ICBM has capabilities, which suggest that the Russians had anticipated NATO’s construction of the shield.
The new missile is expected to improve Russia’s offensive arsenal, “including by increasing the capability to overcome missile defense systems that are being created”, the ministry said in a statement.
The General Makarov’s comments of a first strike are especially scary, concerning NORAD’s current level of preparedness. The Clinton administration implemented PDD 60, which states that the US will absorb a first strike before retaliating. In an interview with Robert Bell of the National Security Council, he stated that the US will no longer “launch on warning”. He further says,
“Our policy is to confirm that we are under nuclear attack with actual detonations before retaliating,”
In short, if Russia does decide to launch a first strike in response to NATO’s deployment of the European missile shield, they shall certainly succeed (and their newly tested ICBM has proven it can get through). This makes the US and NATO allies strategically sitting ducks.