Russia is developing its own missile defense

"As for our missile defense, we have developed as it, and will develop further," — said the Minister

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that Russia is developing its own missile defense system. So he replied to the question of what will make our country if the United States would violate the terms of the treaty on reducing strategic offensive arms (START-3).

On Wednesday, the Federation Council ratified the agreement. In this case, the senators supported the amendments to the contract in the course of its ratification by the State Duma deputies. These additions describe the conditions of Russia's withdrawal from the contract.

The first is a violation of its provisions by the United States. The second — the development of American missile defense system (NMD), which would have qualitatively changed the situation in this area, as well as significantly would violate national security and defense capability of Russia.

By "unique circumstances" refers to the United States and the adoption of strategic weapons systems with non-nuclear equipment, if these decisions are not discussed in a bilateral consultative commission, RIA Novosti reported.

During the discussion in the Council of the Federation, one of the senators asked Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov question that Russia intends to take in the event that the United States would violate the terms of the START-3 — will built up missile group or develop anti-missile systems. "As for our missile defense, we have developed as it, and will develop further," — said the Minister in reply.

Recall that in Washington, the issue of a binding treaty on strategic offensive arms to the development of missile defense systems are not considered relevant. In the Russian point of view on this matter is quite the opposite. It seems that in the U.S. it would be the same if the Russian missile defense system was placed, for example, in Cuba.

But this — the theory, nothing more. The fact is that the emergence of the U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe is very real.

Actually, disagreements over missile defense systems have become one of the main problems in Russian-US relations over the past years. That is why the process of ratification of the START treaty in Moscow and Washington, and reservations have been made with regard to missile defense.

Russia opposes the plans of all the forces of the U.S. plans to deploy such systems in Eastern Europe. It's clear why — after the implementation of the plans of any balance of power will not have to talk. Americans will monitor all launches of missiles in the European part of Russia.

Russian initiatives on missile defense systems are known. Originally intended to be a harsh response to seem inevitable missile shield in Poland. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decided that, in response to the Kaliningrad region to be placed tactical "Iskander". However, after U.S. President Barack Obama has stopped work on placing missile silo-based interceptors in Poland, the Russian implementation of countermeasures has also been stopped. But this does not mean that this idea was abandoned altogether …

slit one initiative of the Russian authorities — a proposal to start working on a joint missile defense system Russia and NATO. In Brussels and in Washington, the idea of a threshold is not rejected. But immediately followed by the reservation that the joint system can be no question. Only about cooperation.
Rely on the fact that NATO or the United States suddenly change their mind and start to work together with Russia to build a common missile defense system would not be too prudent. In any case, it is a matter of at least several years of negotiations and consultations. So the question of building your own system to protect against missile attacks is highly relevant.

Actually, that's about it and told the minister of defense, although not too much detail. But the explanation is necessary: we are not talking only about the missile defense system.

In 2010, the president of Russia has decided to establish a unified system of air and space defense of the Russian Federation, which will be the basis of the so-called single-missile air defense system of the fifth generation. "It is assumed that the system will be mobile. That is, depending on the threat, it can be relocated to certain areas to defend against enemy attacks certain regions of the country, "- said,", "editor in chief of" National Defense "Igor Korotchenko. He said the work on the creation of such a system leads Concern PVO "Almaz-Antey".

"The things said Serdyukov has a real basis — this program is included in the state defense order, the state armament program until 2020," — said the expert.

So it's not the Russian equivalent of the U.S. missile defense system in Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Turkey. This is a comprehensive system for the protection of our country. Although, of course, this does not mean that plans to establish a joint missile defense system, the Europeans can be forgotten.

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