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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced plans to build a "guaranteed nuclear deterrent system", to be in place by 2020.
Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7638356.stm

Could there be a new cold war or arms race with the Russians looming on the horizon?
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Originally Posted by Essayons89 View Post
Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7638356.stm

Could there be a new cold war or arms race with the Russians looming on the horizon?
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Moscow has repeatedly criticised the US for going ahead with plans for a missile defence shield, using rockets based in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic, saying it destabilises the strategic balance and builds "a ring of steel" around Russia.
I don't suppose we'd be too happy if Russia decided to set up such a shield in our backyard, but Russia's military cooperation with Venezuela does worry me.

Russia grants Venezuela $1B to buy arms

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Russia is lending one billion dollars (682 million euros) to Venezuela to buy Russian arms, the Kremlin said Thursday, ahead of a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez."Russia has taken the decision to grant Venezuela a credit of one billion dollars for implementing programmes in the field of military-technical cooperation," it said in a statement, using diplomatic jargon for arms sales.
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Tricia - the link on that front page is even more disturbing: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/wo...f-eb75cf9c6122

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who will visit Moscow next week, confirmed Tuesday that a Russian navy fleet will arrive in Venezuela's territorial waters in "November or December" to conduct joint exercises, the first of its kind close to the United States since the Cold War."

Not good.

Laurie
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Tricia - the link on that front page is even more disturbing: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/wo...f-eb75cf9c6122

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who will visit Moscow next week, confirmed Tuesday that a Russian navy fleet will arrive in Venezuela's territorial waters in "November or December" to conduct joint exercises, the first of its kind close to the United States since the Cold War."

Not good.

Laurie
Yeah, this is an issue I've been following, and I've really tried to put myself in Russia's shoes. How would you react if a former enemy, that invaded another country (Iraq) on trumped-up charges (WMDs), set up a missile/radar system in two nearby countries which were formerly part of your military alliance, i.e., Poland and the Czech Republic, former Warsaw Pact members?

The Russian reaction is both understandable and regrettable, but: Chavez? This is not a good situation.
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the cold war been back for about 2 years now.
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I don't know that this is "cold war" connected, but it is nuke related, and this is something we keep a close eye on: both North Korea and the Bushehr Nuclear Reactor in Iran (sold by Russia). Iran insists the nuclear plant is for energy purposes and is not pursuing a weapons program - we don't believe that.

The Bushehr reactor project continues to move ahead:
http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=177405

and North Korea is moving ahead with bringing Yongbyon back online. They banned the inspectors and pulled the cameras: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/wo...in&oref=slogin

The "West" believes N. Korea has enough fissile material for six nukes - but they assume the use of small payloads (plutonium). The problem is N. Korea likely has the technology now to deliver a payload of between 100 and 500 pounds in a 2 or 3-stage missle - which technology they sell to Iran. http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/dprk/missile/index.html

Laurie
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A very interesting article explaining a little better the "Arms Race in Space." VERY SCARY.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/we...ers.html?fta=y

Notably, the People's Republic of China just had an astronaut make that country's first spacewalk. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/wo...8china.html?hp

They've had the technology to blow up orbiting satellites from the ground for some time Anybody else worried about China?.


Laurie
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I think you're on to something there, Bryan, and I agree with you and the others that this is a worrisome development. And I'm not at all surprised since we've found out what kind of a man Putin is. He's definitely got getting Russia back to the status of major world power at the very top of his to-do list.

I read somewhere that they're even occasionally sending their ancient Bear bombers back on their cold-war patrol routes. Here, I googled and found an article -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6984320.stm
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Yes, but Russia's got to be worried about all those satellites that control nukes now. And everybody's got to be worried about Chinese capability.

Laurie
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