August 2 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
In 2002, the United States unilaterally and without consultation, withdrew from the landmark Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. President George W. Bush noted that the treaty is “now behind us,” describing the ABM Treaty as a Cold War relic.
Signed in 1972, the ABM Treaty barred both the US and the USSR from deploying national defenses against long-range ballistic missiles. The treaty was based on the premise that if either superpower constructed a strategic defense, the other would build up its offensive nuclear forces to offset the defense.
The superpowers would therefore quickly be put on a path toward a never-ending offensive-defensive arms race, as each tried to balance its counterpart’s actions. Until Bush Jnr took office, the Treaty was referred to as a “cornerstone of strategic stability” because it facilitated later agreements, reducing U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals.
The US, assuming that a weakened Russia will never again be in a position to counter US hegemonic power, proceeded to encroach on Russia’s borders through its manipulation of NATO objectives.
n anti-missile defense system is only that in name, but in actuality is a weapon of offense that is designed to work in conjunction with a defense mechanism. If it were to strike first – it could reach to beyond Russia’s Ural Mountains range. By placing anti-missile defense systems in Europe and in Alaska, Russia is directly threatened by NATO’s offensive potential.
Footage outtake is from “I, Putin: a Portrait” a 2012 documentary by Hubert Seipel.
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