Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Europe Will Become a Battlefield: Putin Bluntly Explains What Discarding INF Treaty Means

President Putin: "Of course, there are certain issues concerning the development of missile technology in the world and the restrictions which only the US and the USSR, then the Russian Federation undertook. But what are we concerned about? We are concerned that the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was terminated. Now we are talking about the treaty on intermediate-range and short-range missiles."

The biggest problem is the lack of warning for these shorter range missiles. There is not much time for either side to determine whether or not they have detected a real launch or whether what was seen was either a simulation or misinterpretation (as happened during the Cold War). The time to make a decision on whether to retaliate is less than for long range ballistic missile launches. During the Cold War there was enough time to account for mistakes and therefore avoid Nuclear Armageddon. Setting up short range (nuclear armed) missiles in Europe is a mistake.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 31st, 2018.]

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