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erik
29 Jan 09,, 07:57
MOSCOW — Russia held out an olive branch to President Barack Obama today by suspending plans to deploy missiles in Europe, according to a report in Moscow.

An official from Russia's General Staff in Moscow told Interfax news that the move had been made because the new United States leadership was reconsidering plans to establish a missile defence shield in eastern Europe.

Deployment of Iskander short-range missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, was being suspended in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad in response, the unidentified official said.

The news emerged ahead of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's appearance later today at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Putin said on Monday that he was "cautiously optimistic" about the potential for improved relations with the U.S. because the Obama Administration had shown a willingness to reconsider the missile shield.

The former Bush administration ignored Russian objections to its plan to install 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic.

It said that the shield was to counter threats from rogue states such as Iran and was not directed against Moscow. The U.S. signed agreements with the Czech and Polish governments last year to permit deployment of the shield.

Russia insisted, however, that the system posed a threat to its own security and repeatedly warned that it would take counter measures unless the U.S. backed down.

President Dmitri Medvedev ordered Iskander missiles to be placed in Kaliningrad in a speech made the day after Obama's election as president last November. It would have been the first deployment of offensive missiles inside Europe since the end of the Cold War.

"These plans have been suspended because the new US administration is not pushing ahead with the plans to deploy... the U.S. missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic," the General Staff official told Interfax.

"Russia does not need to deploy Iskanders in the Kaliningrad region if the U.S. does not install its missile defence facilities in Eastern Europe."
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There was no immediate official confirmation from Russia's Defense Ministry of the change in policy. But it would come at a critical moment as Obama seeks to engage Iran to dissuade the Islamic regime from continuing with plans to develop a nuclear bomb.

Russia is building Iran's $1 billion Bushehr nuclear power plant. Deputy foreign minister Alexei Borodavkin told the Iranian ambassador to Moscow last week that Russia wanted to broaden "political, trade and economic cooperation".

Russia delivered 82 tons of low-enriched uranium fuel for the plant in southern Iran last year. Atomstroiexport, the Russian state company building the project, announced recently that operation of the plant would become "irreversible" once scheduled work was completed next month.

Obama and Medvedev spoke by telephone on Monday. A Kremlin spokesman said that their conversation had "touched on the necessity of developing cooperation and coordination between Russia and the USA in dealing with the most important common challenges".

Medvedev used his first state-of-the-nation address last November to appeal to the new U.S. President to "make a choice in favour of full-fledged relations with Russia". He complained that Moscow had repeatedly sought cooperation with partners in the West but that "they, unfortunately, don't want to listen to us".

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,484087,00.html

You guys think Obama will not place the Missile shield?

PanSonic
29 Jan 09,, 08:36
Its funny. This guy only entered the job, and it seems to change much to many.
This missile shield will weaken Russian influence in eastern Europe, and westernize further.

Dreadnought
29 Jan 09,, 18:37
One must keep in mind that is nothing more then a defensive weapon to protect against a missle coming from Iran or another rogue nation. If Russia is going to give them nuclear power and support their weapons trade with Iran, which in turn "could" find their way into the hands of Hamas or Hezbollah or other Iranian supported terror groups and "could" be used against Israel, mind you by Irans doing not saying by Russian doing then the missle shield which Russia has been offered to play part but dont like in their "sphere" will indeed appear in Western Europe wether Russia likes it or not. Rock and a hardplace?

If the Iranian president continues his tripe stating that we owe Iran anything especially an apology of any kind you can bet Obama is not going to play ball with them and it will as time has shown sow more seeds in Iran that so long as she continues her rhetoric they will be on the outs with the international world and will decline even further. Most dont think those sanctions mean anything however economists in Iran seem to think other I.E. The sanctions have cost their country billions in lost revenue, trade and ties and inflation has risen and jobs fallen.

The problem that scares the "Assaholla" in Iran is that "IF" the Iranians and the Americans became friends he/they would loose their control over the minds of their own citizens which would render them castrated as to having power over them and their lives. So you get rhetoric such as the trash that freely flows from Achmadiajad's mouth on a daily basis to try and prevent this from happening. The U.S. will NEVER give into his wishes of an apology to Iran nor withdrawl of support for Israel nor any other crazy idea that flows from this idiots mouth.

The U.S. changed it leader. Perhaps maybe just maybe its time for Iran and Russia to do the very same but VERY doubfull.;)

We're not the only ones that need CHANGE!:P

citanon
29 Jan 09,, 19:23
One must keep in mind that is nothing more then a defensive weapon to protect against a missle coming from Iran or another rogue nation. If Russia is going to give them nuclear power and support their weapons trade with Iran, which in turn "could" find their way into the hands of Hamas or Hezbollah or other Iranian supported terror groups and "could" be used against Israel, mind you by Irans doing not saying by Russian doing then the missle shield which Russia has been offered to play part but dont like in their "sphere" will indeed appear in Western Europe wether Russia likes it or not. Rock and a hardplace?

If the Iranian president continues his tripe stating that we owe Iran anything especially an apology of any kind you can bet Obama is not going to play ball with them and it will as time has shown sow more seeds in Iran that so long as she continues her rhetoric they will be on the outs with the international world and will decline even further. Most dont think those sanctions mean anything however economists in Iran seem to think other I.E. The sanctions have cost their country billions in lost revenue, trade and ties and inflation has risen and jobs fallen.

The problem that scares the "Assaholla" in Iran is that "IF" the Iranians and the Americans became friends he/they would loose their control over the minds of their own citizens which would render them castrated as to having power over them and their lives. So you get rhetoric such as the trash that freely flows from Achmadiajad's mouth on a daily basis to try and prevent this from happening. The U.S. will NEVER give into his wishes of an apology to Iran nor withdrawl of support for Israel nor any other crazy idea that flows from this idiots mouth.

The U.S. changed it leader. Perhaps maybe just maybe its time for Iran and Russia to do the very same but VERY doubfull.;)

We're not the only ones that need CHANGE!:P

I recently came across an article on NMD that made a very good piont: ABM is also anti-satellite. The US now has 40 ground based interceptors and counting, and, IIRC, hundreds of Starndard Block III missiles. There's a distinct possibility that every Aegis guided missile destroyer will gain an anti-ballistic missile capability, and a second generation of interceptors are already well along the pipeline. The implication is this: while the still weak missile defense capabilities of NMD has been emphasized, the US has quietly achieved a significant counter-space operational capability that's basically hidden in plain sight. The destruction of the errant NRO payload last year makes that abundantly clear.

Next up are multiple kill vehicles on one launcher and the Kinetic Energy Interceptor.

Yeah, if I were the Russians I'd be worried, but I'd be even more worried if I were the Chinese. Once the technology is in place, how long would it take to build a 1000 interceptors, or 5000?

Dreadnought
29 Jan 09,, 19:41
I recently came across an article on NMD that made a very good piont: ABM is also anti-satellite. The US now has 40 ground based interceptors and counting, and, IIRC, hundreds of Starndard Block III missiles. There's a distinct possibility that every Aegis guided missile destroyer will gain an anti-ballistic missile capability, and a second generation of interceptors are already well along the pipeline. The implication is this: while the still weak missile defense capabilities of NMD has been emphasized, the US has quietly achieved a significant counter-space operational capability that's basically hidden in plain sight. The destruction of the errant NRO payload last year makes that abundantly clear.

Next up are multiple kill vehicles on one launcher and the Kinetic Energy Interceptor.

Yeah, if I were the Russians I'd be worried, but I'd be even more worried if I were the Chinese. Once the technology is in place, how long would it take to build a 1000 interceptors, or 5000?

*Im not disagreeing with you on the above because you are correct however only in certain aspects;). If we must play the game with the opposition and the idea that Iran already has been building nuclear weapons and China has yet to reveal their intentions and weapons programs then we will play to win out in the end if we must.

gunnut
29 Jan 09,, 19:56
Could it be due to the PLUNGING oil price rather than Hopey McChange in the White House?

Dreadnought
29 Jan 09,, 20:14
Could it be due to the PLUNGING oil price rather than Hopey McChange in the White House?

:biggrin::biggrin:

Herodotus
30 Jan 09,, 01:04
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,484087,00.html

You guys think Obama will not place the Missile shield?

No, or at least it is highly unlikely that he will.

Dreadnought
30 Jan 09,, 14:55
It will greatly depend on Iran and Russian influence.;)

erik
01 Feb 09,, 21:27
He better not cut anything for the Shield. It would be the stupidest national defense decision made by him if he does.

Mercenary
03 Feb 09,, 19:20
They're putting an onus on him to do something in return by stopping the deployment of Russian missiles..afterall his entire campaign was on "change"..:-p

Dreadnought
24 Feb 09,, 16:45
They're putting an onus on him to do something in return by stopping the deployment of Russian missiles..afterall his entire campaign was on "change"..:-p

Hows about :thanks" See Ya!;)

chlensoe
24 Feb 09,, 22:52
Could it be due to the PLUNGING oil price rather than Hopey McChange in the White House?

Highly unlikely, keep in mind the non-existing "deployment of Iskanders" still costs not a single kopeck.

gabriel
24 Feb 09,, 23:30
Highly unlikely, keep in mind the non-existing "deployment of Iskanders" still costs not a single kopeck.
:biggrin::rolleyes:

Were you bluffing ...again? :)