Russia’s military hawks, who constantly warn that U.S. missile defense will undermine Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrence, are experiencing a similar hallucination.
Russia is still welcome to join a trans-Atlantic missile defense shield even as the U.S. pushes to make the system operational earlier than originally planned, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
“We continue to look to cooperate with Russia on missile defense because we think that’s in our mutual interest,” Clinton said at a meeting with her Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski in Krakow, Poland. “Thus far there has not been a willingness by Russia to respond positively, but the door is open.”
They are both in Russian but the footage itself is valuable.
Russia has said it has deployed its S-400 Triumf missile defense systems to its border with North Korea. The chief of the Russian general staff said the move is a defensive measure designed only to protect Russia from an errant North Korean missile test. While in the Mongolian capitol of UIanbatar He said that Russia is, “definitely concerned by the conditions under which tests are being carried out in North Korea, including nuclear devices” and that, “We are currently considering what the most effective measures would be to guarantee no debris would fall if a missile launch failed.”
The s-400 Triumf is a mobile land-based missile defense has a reported range of 400km or about 250 miles. The Russian city of Vladivostok has a population of around 600,000 people and is less than 100 miles from North Korea.