Russia and China are concerned that the United States missile defense system will give the US and unfair advantage in international relations. They think that it will allow us to us our ‘big stick’ with impunity. Russian Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir fired off some rhetoric during a security forum in China. It has tones of the old Cold War. Some pundits think that we are already involved in Cold War II.
As Written and reported by The American Interest:
Russia, China Warn U.S. About Missile Defense.
Russian Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir fired off a rhetorical salvo against U.S. missile defense plans at a security forum in China, hinting that Russia could join forces with China to counter American expansion plans. Bloomberg:
Russia said it’s working with China to counter U.S. plans to expand its missile-defense network, which the two nations see as targeting their military assets. […]
“We are working together on ways to minimize possible damage to the security of our countries,” Poznikhir said. “The illusion of invulnerability and impunity under the guise of missile defense will encourage Washington to make unilateral steps in dealing with global and regional issues. This could lead to a decrease in the threshold for using nuclear weapons to preempt enemy actions.”Russia’s concern about U.S. nuclear capabilities highlights a deepening rift between the Cold War foes as they trade accusations over the war in Syria. While NATO members have stressed that the alliance’s global missile shield will be a defense solely against potential attacks from so-called “rogue states,” particularly Iran and North Korea, Russia and China have been voicing concerns over their own security.
The deployment of U.S. missile defense systems has clearly put both China and Russia on edge. Beijing has called the deployment an “out-and-out-strategic” move that threatens China’s national security. Moscow has a long history of opposing American missile….
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