WW4 File: USA to install anti-missile batteries in Romania, Kremlin vows “counter-measures”; Pravda paints Washington as “aggressor,” urges placement of Iskander missiles in Transnistria to threaten Bucharest

The Kremlin is going “ballistic” over a new US-Romanian military agreement that will place three air defense batteries with a total of 24 SM-3 interceptor missiles in the Romanian town of Deveselu. The last, as the Russians are quick to point out, is 500 kilometers from Sevastopol, Ukraine, where the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet is based. At first 200 US troops will man the anti-missile unit, which is equipped with the Aegis radar system, then this figure will be boosted to 500. Ironically, the US missile troops will be stationed at the site of a former Soviet air base.

Pictured above: On May 3, 2011, Romanian army personnel attend the inaugural ceremony of the location for installing US anti-missile batteries at Deveselu air base, 240 kilometers southwest of Bucharest.

Until 1991, Romania was a member of the Warsaw Pact, but now belongs to NATO. Its president is “ex”-communist Traian Basescu. From the vantage of the long-range Soviet deception plan, this troubling fact suggests that Bucharest and the “ex”-communists who rule Russia are purposely luring the USA into the territory of the old Soviet Bloc in order to portray Washington as aggressor.

“Military specialists in the United States, NATO and Romania should be absolutely aware that any measure entails counter-measures,” rumbled Konstantin Kosachev, who heads the foreign policy committee of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament. He added: “The counter measures would be used with the sole purpose of protecting Russia and would not be aimed at any particular state. My personal point of view is that the ideal scenario would be for the United States to issue legal guarantees, but the Americans are unlikely to do that.”

The head of the State Duma’s defense committee, Viktor Zavarzin, complained: “The Romanian deal will have a negative impact on inter-European relations and undermine the existing balance of forces and interests. And this, in turn, will provoke an unnecessary escalation of tensions.”

On Tuesday, Moscow issued an urgent request for legal guarantees from Washington that its missile shield will not target Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.

With characteristic nastiness, communist organ Pravda professes to reveal the US government’s true intentions in the Balkan Peninsula. “The U.S. policy is clear,” Pravda smirks, then quotes Konstantin Sivkov, a military expert and Senior Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues, as saying:

The missile defense system that Americans are placing in Romania is designed to destroy ballistic and tactical goals. If you look at the map of the region, the Romanian base can be used for only one goal: to keep southern regions of Russia at gunpoint and enable hitting our cruise missiles.

Missile defense elements in Romania are a part of the U.S. plan to encircle Russia with military bases. There are no other potential threats to
the U.S. in this region.
Turkey is a NATO member, Ukraine is actively cooperating with NATO. There are potential “hot spots” – the Crimea, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. The Americans are arming Georgia and pulling together the forces to the region – quite probably in anticipation of worsening of the conditions in this part of the world.

Contrary to the statements of the President of Romania, the missile defense deployment is directed precisely against Russia. We could take retaliatory measures such as deploying Iskander and transferring fighter bombers in the area. However, this requires political will. The pro-Western lobby in the Russian elite is too strong, and they prefer to buy NATO weapons we do not need like [French-built] “Mistral” [helicopter assault] ships. It is unlikely that we will respond to the missile defenses in full.

Pravda accuses former red Basesecu of being Washington’s “chain dog” and urges the deployment of Iskander missiles in the unrecognized, but pro-Moscow republic of Transnistria, which is wedged between Moldova and Ukraine: “Russia will have to respond not only to the Americans but also to the Romanians. There is no guarantee that it
will be one and the same response. For example, the deployment of Iskander in Transnistria is unlikely to impress Washington, but would be a different story for Bucharest.”

The communist editors of Pravda darkly observe that US missile “defense” elements in Romania are part of a wider Pentagon plan to place missiles in close proximity to Russian borders, including last year in Poland and possibly Bulgaria. In May 2010, the US military delivered a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery to Morag, Poland, which is only 60 kilometers from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, itself suspected of hosting part of the Kremlin’s nuclear arsenal. At the time, a Russian foreign ministry statement warned: “Military activities like these do not contribute to strengthening our common security, developing relations of trust and predictability in the region.” Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich retorted: “You don’t need to be a specialist to know that this kind of defence weapon cannot be turned into an offensive weapon.”

No doubt the neo-Soviet leadership will use this September’s Russian-Belarusian-Ukrainian military maneuver, Union Shield 2011, to dramatically register its disapproval of the US military presence in the Not-So-Former Soviet Bloc.

3 responses to “WW4 File: USA to install anti-missile batteries in Romania, Kremlin vows “counter-measures”; Pravda paints Washington as “aggressor,” urges placement of Iskander missiles in Transnistria to threaten Bucharest

  1. mah29001 May 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    And yet we don’t seem to mind doing business with Russia….their Red Chinese counterparts are ready to implement their “anti-terror drill” in the wake over the death of Osama bin Laden with two neighboring countries, the ruse is the situation in Xinjiang province.

  2. mah29001 May 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Here’s a scary anti-Semitic article that these Jew-haters openly want a U.S.-Russian alliance against Israel. What bothers me during this economic crisis is that it’s indeed possible for the USA to fall under this category with what’s going on with the Islamic world. Now having these Axises gang up on Israel will be bad thing….but in the end they’d all lose to God’s intervention:

    http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/7594

  3. mah29001 May 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I also find it quite strange that the far left is outraged that Osama was buried at sea….Adolf Hitler being the anniversary that won WWII, his ashes were spread about by the KGB, and that his remains were grounded into pieces….that’s ten times more horrible than just burying someone at sea….just think if we had those kind of views during the Allied promotion of de-Nazifying Europe….the far left would be on the side of the Nazis of course, like how they’re sympathetic to Islamo-Nazi terrorists.

    And oddly enough, it was the same Russia that enabled Adolf Hitler to invade Poland, like it is the same Russia that enabled Islamic radicalism whenever it supports the Palestinian cause for which Osama was a proud supporter of.

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