by Michael Ehioze-Ediae.
The Guardian newspaper has reported that the Russians are unhappy about the USA’s missile defence plans. According to senior sources in the Kremlin the move is likely to spark another arms race. Whilst the US has assured the Russians that the aim of the shield is to protect it from rogue states like Iran and North Korea, the Russians are convinced that the real targets of the shield are Russian and Chinese nuclear missiles.
The Kremlin has chosen to respond to the situation by changing ‘the world’s strategic stability’. It plans to build more ballistic missiles, increase the number of its mobile missile launchers and move its submarines to the North Pole where they are virtually undetectable.
The Kremlin’s Chief Spokesman has stated that Russia still believes that dialogue can help ease the rising tensions between both countries. This is despite the fact that the Russians have ruled out co-operation with the Americans on the missile defence issue. Further, the Russians allege that since the end of the Cold War, the US has not treated Russia as an equal partner.
The Kremlin and the Guardian newspaper always find it convenient to blame the US for the escalation of tensions. They are never willing to address the origins of the problem. The US decided to build this shield because of threats from North Korea and Iran: two countries which have defied the international community and which are closely aligned to the Russians. Russia also provides Iran with a significant amount of her weapons systems.
If the Russians want to be treated like an equal partner, they should behave like responsible members of the international community. It is unreasonable for them to keep accusing America of escalating tensions whilst they show little or no willingness to restrain their allies; Iran and North Korea.
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