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NATO to offer Russia access to US satellite data (Barf Alert)
ASDNews ^ | 11/12/2010 | ASDNews

Posted on 11/14/2010 11:58:06 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

NATO will offer Russia access to some US military satellite data in exchange for its participation in a missile shield project for continental Europe, a Moscow newspaper reported Friday.

The offer will come as part of a broader deal to be extended to Russia at the NATO-Russia Council that immediately follows the 28-member Alliance's November 19-20 summit in Lisbon, Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoted a NATO source as saying.

NATO officials in Brussels could not immediately confirm the report.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accepted an invitation to attend the talks, which besides long-range missile defences will also focus on NATO's activities in Afghanistan, in which Russia is also taking part.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has invited Russia to join the proposed missile shield, at the same time stressing that "we do not want to impose a specific missile defence architecture on Russia."

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Russia was opened to such cooperation, but only if gave Moscow an equal role.

"We proceed from the fact that if it's equal cooperation... then such cooperation is quite possible," Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of a G20 summit in the South Korean capital.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: europe; missileshield; nato; russia; satellite; spysatellite; usmilitary

1 posted on 11/14/2010 11:58:14 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld


NATO officials in Brussels appeared surprised by the Moscow news report.

“I don’t know what it’s talking about,” NATO spokesman James Appathurai said when asked about the Nezavisimaya Gazeta story.

2 posted on 11/15/2010 12:08:16 AM PST by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: smokingfrog

James Appathurai is lying.

3 posted on 11/15/2010 12:09:03 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Maybe they have a high price for rides to the Space Station.

4 posted on 11/15/2010 12:14:33 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: screaminsunshine

The going rate is about $35 million dollars.

5 posted on 11/15/2010 12:17:20 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

So Colonel Blofeld,

We have Obama giving away our nuclear and other defense systems to the Russians. Now NATO claims they can get their paws on US Military satellite data to share with the Russians...This is beginning to look like James Bond or Jack Bauer need a phone call

6 posted on 11/15/2010 1:32:44 AM PST by Artie
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld; MestaMachine

The Russians are paying for the data.

What we see here is an alliance of necessity being formed. We’ve seen quite a lot more of this here in EU than you probably have seen in the media over there.

First, Russia is to give NATO massive material help in Afghanistan, for example a large number of helos. Also some other help, like intelligence sharing.

The reason is that the Russians have realized they’re on the sharp end of the jihad, just as everyone else. They are explicitly saying that alone, their rand republics cannot withstand the pressure from within the jihad-driven Afghanistan and are in danger of being taken over, laying Russia itself open. They are also saying that at this point, Russia has 15.000 dead each year directly attributable to Afghan-exported heroin.

7 posted on 11/15/2010 1:46:19 AM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Artie

It won’t just be the data, it would be the specifications. Currently, the capabilities of most military sensors is a tightly guarded secret, for good reasons. The Russians would learn a lot by just getting their hands on the interface documents.

BTW, NORAD purchases satellite tracking data from Russia, routinely. They have some unique capabilities and real estate.

8 posted on 11/15/2010 3:07:53 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Go Packers!)
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To: Artie

I prefer the title of supervillian

9 posted on 11/15/2010 6:25:14 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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