Russia Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons Against Poland If AMB Agreement Accepted

Russia Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons Against Poland If AMB Agreement Accepted

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(Best Syndication News) Russia says that if Poland allows the United States to place Anti-Ballistic Missiles (ABM) in their country, they will be the first target if a world conflict breaks out. The Poles and Americans have been discussing a defense shield over the past year and have finally completed a preliminary agreement to deploy ABMs in the European country.

The Whitehouse expects the agreement to be signed and implemented quickly. “I'm pleased to announce that negotiations are complete and that we have initialed an agreement,” Dana Perino said at a press conference on Friday. “It will be reviewed, and then we expect a final signing agreement to take place.”

Both US and Russian nuclear Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) have targets all around the world. The Russians are saying that in the event of a war, their missiles will target Poland’s defenses first. The Russians are suggesting that the agreement will make Poland less safe, not safer.

The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

The ABM Treaty dates back to the Nixon Administration. To the displeasure of war-hawks, President Nixon and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on May 26, 1972.

Until that time both counties were working on a first-strike capability that incorporated ABMs. The intent of these systems was to survive a nuclear war no matter who fires first. Some worried that these systems would be incorporated into a first-strike strategy, prompting one side to launch a nuclear war.

President Bush Ends ABM Treaty

To some, the ABM treaty was seen as an improvement. Neither side wanted to launch first because they would be annihilated too. There was no defense. The Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine prevented either side from launching.

This all changed in December 2001 when President Bush announced that the United States would withdraw from the treaty. This is the first time in recent history that the US has withdrawn from an international treaty.

Missile Defense Agency

The President said that our withdrawal from the treaty was prompted by the events on September 11th 2001. The US feared an attack by a rogue nation.

Dissenters to the withdrawal included a negotiator of the ABM treaty, John Rhinelander, who warned that the decision would lead to a "world without effective legal constraints on nuclear proliferation." The United States went ahead with plans to deploy a protective shield under the control of the Missile Defense Agency.

Missile Defense System To Protect Europe From Iranian Attack

Last year the United States negotiated an agreement with the Czech Republic to deploy ABMs in that country. At that time the United States claimed that the system was to be used to defend Europe from an Iranian attack. Although Mirek Topolanek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic favored the move, Russian President Vladimir Putin objected to it.

ABM System To Be Placed In Poland

Poland is in northern Europe and the Iranian threat can not be the justification for placement of ABM weapons. The recent fighting in Georgia has instilled fear among some Polish officials.

The Polish Defense Minister, Bogdan Klich, said “We feel at the moment a greater concern for our safety. That's why every installation of the Western world on the Polish territory has its meaning, because it anchors Poland more deeply to the West.”

Russian Response to ABMs in Poland

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made his opinion known. “Russia will have to respond; the EU and the USA have been warned,” Putin said.

An article in the Russian newspaper Pravda suggested that the system will make Poland less safe. The agreement will allow the US to deploy 96 Patriot missiles and 110 personnel by 2012.

The interceptors are expected to be placed in the outskirts of Slupsk. The missiles will only “aggravate the situation” between Russia, the US and Poland, according to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

“The USA is busy with its own missile defense system; it does not intend to defend Poland at this point,” Anatoly Nogovitsin, Russia’s Deputy Chief of Staff said. “Poland lays itself open to attack giving the USA a permission to deploy the system. The country may become an object of Russia’s reaction. Such targets are destroyed in the first instance.”

Russian Federation Defense Doctrine

Since the Bush Administration withdrew from the ABM treaty, the Russians have changed their defensive strategy. This Russian Federation Defense Doctrine is the official view “about the character of the contemporary war, the threats to Russia and the policies the government and armed forces will initiate and implement to meet those Challenges,” according to Stephen Blank with the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College.

“It (the Russian Federation Defense Doctrine) clearly states that we can use nuclear weapons against the countries possessing nuclear weapons, against allies of such countries, if they somehow support them, and against those countries, which deploy other countries’ nuclear weapons on their territories. Poland is aware of it,” general Nogovitsin said.

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer



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