May 30, 2007

Putin playing Russian Roulette: Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

MDAA: Leveraging Russian Missile Test by President Putin to Stop European Missile Defense Site is Russian Roulette
Posted : Thu, 31 May 2007 00:00:02 GMT
Author : Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance
Category : PressRelease
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WASHINGTON, May 30 /IntelliBriefs/ -- Riki Ellison, President of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), http://www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org/ spoke out on Russia's testing of their RS-24 long-range missile by declaring that President Putin of Russia was playing Russian Roulette. Ellison is one of America's top spokesperson on our nation's missile defense program. His remarks about this Russian Roulette game the Russians are playing are as follows:

"Today, the Russian media and members of their government, including President Putin, announced their new long-range missile -- the RS-24. Its test launch completed yesterday traveled 3,400 miles across Russia validating some of its range and capability. This specific system has been in the development process for well over a decade and will be the next generation and eventual replacement of their aging ballistic land-based missile fleet. Like any major military system for any country in the world, weapons and their respective platforms age, become outdated and need to be replaced. The Russian system displayed today, the RS-24 is no more than a planned replacement of an existing old system.

"In classic historic Russian style, President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government used this media opportunity along with the potential third missile defense site in Europe to accomplish three key objectives:

1) Validate and justify the modernization and need for this new system and further research and development for his domestic audience in Russia. 2) Intimidate and bully former Soviet Union European Satellite Countries, namely Poland and the Czech Republic and as well as sending a message to all of Europe. 3) Be opportunistic with Russia's long existing desire to withdraw from two European armed control treaties; The Conventional Forces In Europe (CFE) (http://www.dod.mil/acq/acic/treaties/cfe/index.htm) and the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) (http://www.dod.mil/acq/acic/treaties/inf/index.htm).

"It is of significance to fully understand that the current and future U.S. Missile Defense systems being developed and deployed are not designated, designed or placed to counter, destroy or mitigate Russian Ballistic Missiles. The United States missile defense system is for limited and simple ballistic threats from countries such as Iran and North Korea. Furthermore, geography, physics, science and complete transparency to the Russians at their highest military levels has shown that the missile defenses being deployed and developed cannot defeat Russian Ballistic Missiles and that these systems are not intended or designed to do so.

"The international community should take notice that Russia has a deployed nuclear tipped missile defense system, a system that can mitigate any current and future offensive decoys and maneuvering reentry vehicles from ballistic missiles by detonating a nuclear weapon in space and/or the upper atmosphere. For the Russian Government to verbally intimidate and threaten their former occupied eastern block countries through the use of weapons is playing Russian Roulette."

Riki Ellison is available for on-the-record interviews. Call 703 299-0061. Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

CONTACT: Riki Ellison of MDAA, +1-703-299-0061

Web site: http://www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org/

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