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Ukraine Becoming Source of WMD Proliferation

As media reported on April 5, Turkey is allegedly in talks with Yuzhmash Mechanical Plant to buy the production documentation for the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) R-36M2 «Voevoda» (NATO classification - SS-N-18 «Satan»)... The situation in Ukraine and the related threat of uncontrolled proliferation of missile technology becomes a universal problem. The Kiev-based regime is ready to sell the weapons and delivery means to anyone.  The draft law N 0076 denouncing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of July 1, 1968 was submitted to the Ukrainian parliament on March 20. The goal to make Ukraine a nuclear state is stated in the program of neo-Nazi Svoboda Party, which has representation within the ranks of the Kiev-based ruling group...

Grigory ORLOV | 15.04.2014


US encirclement of Russia can force it to quit New START treaty: Bruce Gagnon

The United States is encircling Russia with missile defense systems that can force Moscow to quit the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) which is aimed at limiting the number of atomic warheads the US and Russia are allowed to possess, a political commentator says.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 24.03.2014


Prompt Global Strike: Another Stride to Ambitious Incarnation

The Prompt Global Strike (PGS) program encompasses numerous technologies... Russian officials have expressed their sharp criticism towards the U.S. plans for the PGS initiative... A plan is being drafted to deploy rail-mounted nuclear missiles as a potential response to Prompt Global Strike. On December 18, 2013, Lieutenant-General (two stars) Sergei Karakaev said, «A defense ministry report has been submitted to the president and the order has been given to develop a preliminary design of a rail-mounted missile system»... Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said last December that Moscow reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike and sees them as a «great equalizer» reducing the likelihood of aggression...

Andrei AKULOV | 13.02.2014


Nuclear Issues: Words and Deeds (II)

On January 3 Defense Ministry spokesman said the Russian military plans to test around 70 types of rocket and missile weaponry at a major testing site this year. According to Colonel Igor Yegorov, the Ministry’s spokesman, the testing program at the Kapustin Yar range in southern Russia will include about 300 launches of rockets, missiles, and aerial drones as part of more than 180 R&D projects... Russia has insisted that further offensive nuclear reductions also depend on a resolution of its concerns about U.S. strategic missile defense plans. US missile defense and ongoing nuclear forces modernization programs, the Prompt Global Strike concept and evident US superiority in non-nuclear high-precision long-range weapons, the growing proliferation of nuclear weapons on the world (the aspect the US avoids to take into account while putting forward strategic forces cuts proposals) – all these factors define the Russia’s stance on the issue...

Andrei AKULOV | 16.01.2014


NATO, Russia – BMD in Europe Remains to be Bone of Contention (II)

...Russian officials have announced the plans to place short range Iskander missiles on the EU border in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in case NATO goes through with the third phase of European missile defense. The possibility of pre-emptive strike on the European missile system, if the US refuses a dialogue, was voiced in 2012. .. On October 28 Russian President Vladimir Putin nullified the 2011 order that created an interagency working group that focused on fostering missile defense collaboration with NATO... The S-300 units that Russia will provide to Belarus are to be fielded not far from the country's border with NATO member states - Lithuania and Poland...

Andrei AKULOV | 10.11.2013


Russia, China Join Efforts to Prevent Arms Race in Space

Speaking at the United Nations on October 17, 2013 Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informed the audience that Russia and China decided to submit a draft resolution on transparency and trust in space activities to be reviewed by the United Nations... Many elements of the US missile defense system currently being developed or planned possess dual-use characteristics and could become space weapons. Missile defense allows countries to develop offensive technologies under the pretense of defense. For example, Kinetic Energy Interceptors deployed in California and Alaska are launched into space to smash incoming missiles which presupposes the capability to destroy satellites as well... 

Andrei AKULOV | 30.10.2013


Obama Axes European BMD: Prospects for Russia-US Relations

On March 15 the United Stated made public its decision to cancel a key part of its Eastern European missile defense plan due to development problems and funding... US missile defence plans in Europe have been one of the touchiest subjects in US-Russian relations for years... The fact the US axed the fourth phase is certainly not the end of the controversy. The Russian officials never said the cancellation of the fourth phase is a solution...

Andrei AKULOV | 23.03.2013


Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces and Deterrence

According to Russia’s stance, any country committing an act of aggression against it will have to face guaranteed retaliation. The Russian strategic forces have reached the critical stage: the US missile defense is capable of intercepting 600 - 700 ballistic missiles and is being upgraded. The estimates show that only the level of 1.5 thousand warheads guarantees the capability to strike on launch. The further strategic arms reductions without reaching an agreement on missile defense will devalue the Russia deterrence potential and create new threats to the security of Russia and international security in general...

Yuriy RUBTSOV | 18.02.2013


Russia Faces New Missile Defense Threat

Japan is planning “to develop the drone, which will be equipped with an infrared sensor to seek out low-altitude missiles that could help detect a North Korean nuclear missile attack and to counter China’s military buildup”, the Japanese defense ministry report said on November 4... Being a US strategic ally and having a special agreement on missile defense technology cooperation, Japan’s will provide full access to whatever it comes up with to the United States. It means an advent of a new killing component for Russian intercontinental strategic ballistic missiles (ICBM) is to be expected pretty soon. Now the issue of US (and allies) – Russia divergence on the issue is becoming much more complicated than it has been until now...

Andrei AKULOV | 14.11.2012


The BMD Demands a New Tough Response

...A long time experience of arms control testifies Washington doesn’t understand the language of polite diplomacy, but rather practical military-technical actions making it also face the complex challenges to its own security. While Russia’s and US technical experts discuss some missile defense aspects till the end of this year it’s expedient to come out with a simple but logical step (if such a proposal has not been put forward to the White House as yet): to freeze further deployment of US and NATO missile defense in Europe till the experts’ work is done. It’ll make their efforts more fruitful.

Vladimir KOZIN | 29.03.2012

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The International Monetary Fund Might Not Live to See Its Anniversary

The latest meeting of the ministers of finance and central bank governors of the G20 countries took place April 10-11, 2014 in Washington. A key issue was the reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)... Through their inaction on the issue of reforming the IMF, the United States first and foremost is discrediting itself. And second, the Fund. Third, the G20. The Fund's reputation is plummeting especially fast considering that in recent years China has been giving "third world" countries loans similar in size to those offered by the IMF and the IBRD. But Beijing, unlike the IMF, does not set political conditions in the spirit of the Washington Consensus...

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