Russia accuses U.S. of provoking arms race by strengthening its global anti-missile system

The U.S. is provoking an arms race by developing a global missile defense system, said the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.

“The increase in the potential of the U.S. global missile defense system can and is already leading to serious security consequences. It disrupts the strategic balance of power in the world, and provokes an arms race, including missile,” she said.

“Moscow has repeatedly drawn Washington’s attention to the dangerous consequences of the unrestricted development of the global missile defense system, but the U.S. side has ruled out imposing restrictions on its anti-missile activities,” Zakharova added.

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that in 2002 the “U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and since then has been deploying mobile and stationary anti-missile systems around the world, especially near the Russian borders, under flimsy pretexts”.

Zakharova called an attempt to present the U.S. global missile defense system as a defensive project a “smokescreen”. She said that Washington wanted to gain an advantage by being able to launch a nuclear strike first.

The Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems was signed by the United States and the USSR on May 26, 1972. The duration of the treaty was not limited, but either party could terminate it at any time. The then U.S. President George W. Bush on December 13, 2001 announced the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the treaty.

(C)UAWIRE 2021

10 comments

  • Zakharova called an attempt to present the U.S. global missile defense system as a defensive project a “smokescreen”. She said that Washington wanted to gain an advantage by being able to launch a nuclear strike first.

    Who is always bragging about his super duper hypersonic weapons Maria? The US don’t broadcast to world about destroying cities in Russia, or how good their weapons are, they just make them.

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    • Putin is acting just like Brezhnev’s regime. As Putin rose in the Brezhnev’s KGB makes his behavior unsurprising.

      Defensive systems are not destabilizing in the real world. But, Putin does not want the world to live in the real world.

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      • “The increase in the potential of the U.S. global missile defense system … disrupts the strategic balance of power in the world.”

        This is what burns me up about the Moskali. They constantly proclaim there must be a balance in geopolitics. Well then you have one side spreading hate, imperialism and fascism and you have the other side spreading freedom, cooperation and prosperity. Guess which side Zakharova is on?

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The U.S. is provoking an arms race by developing a global missile defense system, said the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.”
    Translation: We want to do the same, or rather, we would have done the same but we simply can’t. We lack the capabilities and so the US must not do this. It is simply not fair.

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    • The Soviet Moskali always have to “respond” to what they perceive as a provocation. It doesn’t matter the reason for the provocation because it serves the purpose to hurt the Russian people so they can blame the West.
      They invade Ukraine and when the West responds, its a provocation to the Russians.

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