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Russia activates missile early warning radar system
BBC ^ | November 29th 2011 | Staff

Posted on 11/29/2011 9:27:10 AM PST by Cardhu

Russia has turned on a new incoming missile early warning system in its westernmost region in response to US plans for a missile shield in Europe.

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the system to be activated on a visit to the radar unit in Kaliningrad, a Baltic region bordering EU countries.

The unit is equipped with the new Voronezh-DM radar system.

Mr Medvedev has warned Russian missiles could be deployed on the EU's borders if the shield is installed.

Washington wants an anti-missile shield ready by 2020, arguing that it is necessary to provide protection from the potential missile threat posed by countries like Iran.

Under President George W Bush, the US had initially intended to locate major parts of the shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, but Russia objected vigorously.

When Barack Obama took office in the White House, he scaled back the original ambitions.

"Nato's missile defence system [is] designed to defend against threats from outside Europe - not designed to alter balance of deterrence," Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a recent tweet.

Domestic context

In a statement carried by Russian news agencies, Mr Medvedev said: "I expect that this step will be seen by our partners as the first signal of the readiness of our country to make an adequate response to the threats which the missile shield poses for our strategic nuclear forces."

Russia has said it may deploy Iskander ballistic missile launchers in Kaliningrad Quoted by Interfax, he said: "If our signal is ignored... we will deploy other means of defence including the adoption of tough counter-measures and the deployment of a strike group."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: coldwar2; communism; earlywarning; europe; putin; russia; sovietunion
This after the threat to stop transit of Supplies to Afghanistan through Russia. With Pakistan boarder closed the next step pressure on the Stans to shut down too.

All this for a so-called defensive shield again Iran. What are they smoking?

1 posted on 11/29/2011 9:27:15 AM PST by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

Medvedev may or may not know this but Iran has ballistic missiles capable of hitting all of Europe. Russia can be a partner in deploying a defensive anti-missile system designed to counter this threat or it can return to a Cold War confrontational posture in which no one’s interests are served.


2 posted on 11/29/2011 9:32:21 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cardhu

There’s no denying that the Russians have ‘leverage’ in light of the severing of the NATO supply lines through Pakistan. I guess that’s all we need to know.


3 posted on 11/29/2011 9:32:21 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: lizol; Lukasz; strategofr; GSlob; spanalot; Thunder90; Tailgunner Joe; propertius; REactor; ...
Russia/Soviet/Coldwar2 PING!!!

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4 posted on 11/29/2011 9:36:32 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Cardhu
The Russians sense America's leadership weakness.

5 posted on 11/29/2011 9:37:41 AM PST by TSgt (BEAT OBAMA WITH A CAIN!)
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To: goldstategop

Russia sold those missiles to Iran and helped them develop their nuclear program.


6 posted on 11/29/2011 9:37:58 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cardhu

Methinks the Russians doth protest too much.
“The Americans are deploying scooter chairs! This is a direct violation of the 2003 Motorized Chair Treaty! In response, we shall deploy our new T-99 nuclear powered La-Z-Boy! It has missiles!”


7 posted on 11/29/2011 9:47:41 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Cardhu

“We are Colossus. We are Guardian. We are one!”


8 posted on 11/29/2011 10:06:05 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: Cardhu

That’s right, Putie. Light-up those radar for no good reason right now.

Did the Russians not ever leave the base at Kaliningrad or are they leasing it now?


9 posted on 11/29/2011 10:17:51 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Cardhu

Big whoop, let them spend their money on a great big honking system.


10 posted on 11/29/2011 10:35:18 AM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: TSgt

photos should be reversed in that graphic because the word positions surely don’t fit as proper captions


11 posted on 11/29/2011 10:40:31 AM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: Thunder90

The photo you are using is from a Russian WWII battle reenactment. The reenactors in the background wear WWII winter uniforms and carry the WWII-era military banners.

You are probably trying to say that Putin is a Communist and Russia is USSR. That’s fair enough; but using this particular pic to prove it is a tactic worthy of liberal media.


12 posted on 11/29/2011 10:46:42 AM PST by tial
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To: TSgt

Obama is one gay looking dude.


13 posted on 11/29/2011 10:50:26 AM PST by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: Cardhu
TALK to them Zero, let 'em feel the love, the glow of your aura.

Yeah, that'll fix it.

14 posted on 11/29/2011 10:53:35 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who belong in jail.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Agreed but I think we get the idea...


15 posted on 11/29/2011 10:59:41 AM PST by TSgt (BEAT OBAMA WITH A CAIN!)
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To: TSgt

Yep. “All hat....no cattle.”


16 posted on 11/29/2011 11:13:44 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: TSgt

17 posted on 11/29/2011 11:30:36 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Cardhu

Reset Power.


18 posted on 11/29/2011 11:32:49 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Cardhu
Russia has turned on a new incoming missile early warning system in its westernmost region in response to US plans for a missile shield in Europe.

That fine with me. We aren't going to be lobbing missiles at Russia.

Russia should be a lot more worried about incoming missiles from the south-south-west. If you don't know what I mean, look at a map: that's the Middle East.

19 posted on 11/29/2011 12:09:24 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: goldstategop

Why does Medvedev/Putin ignore the fact that eventually Iran will turn on Russia? Have they forgotten Beslan? I am no Russia/Putin fan, but I do not wish on them another Beslan, or worse.


20 posted on 11/29/2011 5:45:12 PM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: Fred Hayek

I repeat once again Iran is not a player but a disposable pawn in this game. Russia has less love with mullas than everyone in US administration. De-facto they are willing to destroy Iran with American hands. Their so-called “pro-Iran” policy is nothing but luring a mental patient to commit a suicide by police where Iran is standing for a crazed nut in a shoping mall given a big gun and US for a cop who has to solve a problem.


21 posted on 11/29/2011 8:08:25 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: VeniVidiVici

Kaliningrad enclave is Russian territory. They don’t have to lease it from anybody.


22 posted on 12/01/2011 4:15:50 PM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

Realistically it’s no more Russian territory than are the Baltics or the area from Vilnius to Lvov stolen from Poland.

That said, I was thinking of Tallinn and confusing it with Kaliningrad the city/port. Not Kaliningrad the oblast as a whole.


23 posted on 12/01/2011 7:38:22 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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