Russia responds to USA with own air and space defense system
By Anton Kulikov
January 27, 2011
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the country was developing its own missile defense system. This was his answer to the question what Russia would do if the United States violated the terms of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3).
On Wednesday, the Federation Council has ratified the treaty. The senators supported the amendments to the treaty during its ratification by the Duma deputies. These amendments describe the conditions of Russia’s withdrawal from the treaty.
The first one has to do with a violation of its provisions by the United States. The second is the development of missile defense systems by the Americans that would qualitatively change the situation in this area, and would significantly violate national security and defense capability of Russia.
The “exceptional circumstances” also include the adoption by the U.S. of weapons systems with strategic non-nuclear equipment without it being discussed by a bilateral consultative committee, reports RIA Novosti.
During the discussion in the Council of Federation, one of the senators asked the Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov what Russia intends to undertake in the event that the United States violates the terms of the START-3. Would Russia enhance its missiles or would it develop its own missile defense system? “As for our missile defense system, we will continue developing it further as we have done before,” the Minister responded.
Washington does not believe that the issue of linking the treaty on strategic offensive arms to the development of missile defense systems is relevant. Russia has quite an opposite opinion on this issue. If the Russian missile defense system was located, for example, in Cuba, it would seem that the U.S. would have a different opinion as well.
But this is no more than a theory. The point is that the emergence of the American missile defense system in Eastern Europe is quite real. The differences over missile defense system have become one of the main issues of the Russian-U.S. relations in recent years. This is precisely why in the process of ratification of START treaty in Moscow and Washington reservations have been made with respect to missile defense.
Russia puts much effort into opposing the U.S. plans to deploy such systems in Eastern Europe. The reasons are clear – after the implementation of these plans there will be no conversations about the balance of forces. The Americans will control all launches of missiles in the European part of Russia.
Russian initiatives on missile defense systems are obvious. Originally Russia intended a harsh response to seemingly inevitable deployment of missile defense system in Poland. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a decision that in response tactical Iskander complexes will be deployed in Kaliningrad region. However, after Barack Obama has stopped working on placing missile interceptors in Poland, the Russian implementation of countermeasures was also stopped. Yet, this does not mean that this idea was abandoned altogether.
This is what the defense minister was talking about, although not in too much detail. Yet, we feel that an explanation is required: we are not talking exclusively about the missile defense system.
In 2010, the Russian President agreed to establish a unified system of air and space defense of Russia, which will be the basis of the so-called unified air defense system, defense 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 protect certain parts of the country against enemy attacks,” Igor Korotchenko, chief editor of National Defense magazine, told Pravda.ru. According to him, the work on establishing such a system is conducted by PVO Concern Almaz-Antey.
“Serdyukov’s statements are well grounded as this program is included in the state defense order and the state armaments program through 2020,” said the expert.
This is not a Russian equivalent of the U.S. missile shield in Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria or Turkey. This is a comprehensive system to protect Russia. However, this does not mean that the plans to build a joint missile defense system with the Europeans will be abandoned.
The following article is reprinted with permission from Kavkaz Center, Caucasus mujahideen news agency.
Georgian TV foretold murder of Polish President by Russian KGB terrorists
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April 11, 2010 14:22 Emirate time
The killing of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash organized by the KGB (FSB), was reported on March 13, 2010 by the Georgian TV channel Imedi.
A half-an-hour-long film about an alleged Russian aggression against Georgia foretold the killing of Lech Kaczynski in an explosion of his presidential plane.
The statement by the head of the international affairs committee of the Russian parliament, Kosachev, who talked about a plane crash near Smolensk, seems rather strange in this context.
In an interview with the Russian news agency Interfax, he said he was “in a state of shock and horror” over the news. “The soul trembles to think that Katyn has taken new victims”, Kosachev said.
In 1940, more than 15,000 Polish officers were executed in Katyn under the order of the Kremlin and Stalin personally. Until recently, Russia has been trying to deny its responsibility for the massacre. Moscow has not apologized so far for this Russian crime.
Moreover, Moscow tried to do everything possible to prevent the Polish President Lech Kaczynski to visit Katyn. Diplomatic scandals broke more than once on this occasion.
Some historical facts are interesting in this regard.
· On September 30, 1939, a Polish army general in London exile, Sikorski, became the prime minister of the Polish exile government (and remained on this post until the death in 1943).
After the discovery by the Germans of mass graves of Polish officers, who were killed by the Russians in a camp for war prisoners, Sikorski quarreled with Moscow. In April 1943, relations with the Polish government in exile were formally broken by Stalin’s government after Sikorski demanded investigation into the Katyn massacre.
Sikorsky charged the Soviet Union with a war crime and demanded that Churchill breaks relations with the USSR. A few weeks later, General Wladyslaw Sikorski and his daughter Sophia died in a plane crash on July 4, 1943, near Gibraltar.
In November 2008, his body was exhumed and tested by Polish experts to confirm that the Soviet secret police had been involved in his death.
We would like to mention thereupon that the Polish President Lech Kaczynski was one of the Polish leaders most hated by Moscow. Indeed, the Kremlin had reasons to hate Kaczynski. Here are some facts:
· The city council of Warsaw under the leadership of then-mayor of the Polish capital Kaczynski renamed one of the largest squares in Warsaw after the first Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev.
· The Kaczynski’s election campaign was based on slogans of national revival and historical responsibility of Russia for crimes against Poland.
· On Nov. 15, 2006, Kaczynski offered to the EU to impose sanctions against Russia if Moscow refuses to lift ban on the import of Polish meat and agricultural products.
· Poland vetoed talks on cooperation between the European Union and Russia, which were to begin at the EU-Russia summit on November 24.
· During the war in South Ossetia in August 2008, Kaczynski announced his full support for Georgia.
· After the Russian war against Georgia, Poland accepted the US proposal to deploy a missile defense system (interceptor missiles) on its territory.
· At Kaczynski’s initiative Poland was going to free Europe from Russian gas dependence with an increased production of its own shale gas. In this case, Poland could become the largest European supplier of this type of fuel.
It is to be mentioned that Lech Kaczynski said that one of the goals of the Russian aggression against Georgia was an attempt to prevent Europe to get rid of the gas dependence from Moscow. Kaczynski has also actively lobbied for Georgia’s joining the NATO.
Many ordinary people in the world doubt that the crash was accidental. In a guestbook of Polish Radio English Service a Belarus resident writes:
“The signs appear more and more worrying that the Russians were involved. From the Nazi-Russian pact and Katyn to the recent Russian and Belarusian war games near the Polish border, Russia has always considered Poland its own territory, lost in a time of weakness much as China threatens all over democratic Taiwan.
“The difference is that Russia shows no compunction about murdering its citizens abroad and backing its threats with violence (vide Georgia) and economic measures (closing oil pipelines). A Russian plane recently “repaired” in a Russian factory? If it is simply a coincidence, through its actions Russia immediately comes under suspicion.
“My condolences to our Polish allies who have always supported us since breaking free from Russian control”.
It is to be mentioned that according to the Russian media, “the Kaczynski’s presidential plane was fully overhauled in December, the general director of the Aviakor aviation maintenance plant in Samara, Russia, told the Rossiya-24 TV. The plant repaired the plane’s three engines, installed new electronic and navigation equipment and updated the interior”, Alexei Gusev said.
In their turn, the Russian authorities actively promote the version of “bad weather”, which became the “cause of the accident”. Moscow claims a dense fog covered the military airfield near Smolensk. The fog, for some reason, did not prevent eye-witnesses to see quite clearly the details of the aircraft flight.
“The plane tilted to the left before crashing, witness Slawomir Sliwinski told the state news channel Rossiya-24. He said there were two loud explosions when the aircraft hit the ground and burst into flames”, AP reports.
Meanwhile, the Polish media does not exclude FSB’s involvement in the crash. A possibility of a terror attack by the FSB is also being considered.
In particular, a Polish expert on the TV channel POLSAT called improbable the Russian explanation that the crash of the Polish plane was caused by bad weather, a pilot’s error, etc.
Polish flags in Poland have been lowered to half-mast. Under the Poland’s constitution, the leader of the lower house of Parliament, who is now the acting president, has 14 days to announce new elections to be held within 60 days.
According to the experts, there are some “strange aspects” in this tragedy. The Polish side asserts that 88 people flew from Poland, but the number of the dead amounted to 132 people, according to initial Russian reports.
All passengers died, as Russian media have reported an hour after the tragedy, although in similar accidents, 80 percent of passengers usually survive. The plane fell to earth only from the height of 15 meters. There were no fires, no fuel, but security was increased, etc. The plane could have landed on another airfield, but it didn’t.
Polish media outlets seriously doubt the explanation from the Russian side that the plane was reportedly going to land in a fourth attempt. According to Russian media outlets, the press service of the Smolensk Region told that the airport air control allegedly offered the Polish pilot to land in Minsk, 200 km from Smolensk, but the pilot reportedly refused.
“Skilled pilots seldom decide to land the plane in a fourth attempt, usually, if the second attempt fails, pilots land in an alternate airport”, said one of Polish pilots on Polish TV, noting that the best pilots of the country fly the president’s plane.
The Polish side noted that the tragedy of this magnitude and level occurred for the first time in the world. A large number of top officials of Poland died.
Ukrainian media outlets do not exclude that Kaczynski’s plane was lured into a trap.
The reason remains unclear why the pilots of Tu-154 with top officials of the Republic of Poland on board decided to use for landing a poorly adapted military airfield “North” near the town of Pechersk in Smolensk Region, rather than to land at the airport of Smolensk, the Ukrainian RUpor agency reports.
The agency notes that the existence of a military airport on the territory of Russia is a state secret and without the intervention of the military department dispatcher civil service can not recommend landing to foreign government planes. Especially, since, as noted by the TV channel Rossiya-24 prior to this, the airport denied landing for a Russian military aircraft.
If an intervention of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces (and perhaps, actually the military intelligence GRU) is proved, it could be possible to speculate on the political component of the catastrophe.
Experts repeatedly mentioned a sharply increased role of the Russian military intelligence GRU after Medvedev’s rise to power.
Department of Monitoring