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Yet Another Trap of USA

07.11.2007 17:43

А.Novik

Recently, the Western mass media stovepiped the news that the United States is ready to take into consideration the concern of Russia regarding the expected deployment of US ABM systems in Czechia and Poland.

The point is that America allegedly is going to suspend the ABM system deployment in Eastern Europe until the USA and Russia recognize that the Iranian missile threat is actually exists.

In so doing, these statements are presented as a "breakthrough" in negotiation of controversies between Russia and USA on this problem. But should this progress fail to be developed further (and it will not be developed definitely because the US conditions are practically unacceptable as they take into account only the US defense interests), the responsibility will be fully rested upon Russia due to its "incorrect" policy towards Iran that enjoys the assistance of Moscow in implementation of its nuclear program.

It means that the statements are just wordplay, yet another American information trap and nothing more. The truth shows itself in the results of the official Russian-American talks on the ABM systems that are unfortunately disappointing. Immediately after the Moscow session in the 2+2 format on October 12, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that the parties failed to reach any agreement on the deployment of the US ABM systems in Czechia and Poland.

Army General Yuri Baluyevsky, Chief of the Russian General Staff, also sees nothing new in the proposals made by the USA State Secretary and Defense Secretary to the Russian party at the talks. "A so-called novelty is that the radars in Gabala and Armavir are proposed to be used as a supplementary components of the deployed ABM defense systems", the General said. Anatoly Antonov, Director of the Security and Disarmament Department in the RF Foreign Ministry, also said after the discussions on the ABM systems in Europe at the latest session of the Russia-NATO Council that "we still fail to find a common approach to the conception of missile threat".

These are "the results" of the official negotiations in Moscow and NATO HQ. However, Daniel Fried, US Undersecretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, has an opposite opinion. Commenting the results of the Russia-NATO summit he optimistically noted: "The talks with Russia on the missile shield develop positively and manifest an actual progress". The difference in assessments is apparent. And this is the point that constitutes yet another US information trap.

If fact, the intransigence and rigidity of Moscow with respect to the deployment of the US ABM systems in the Czech Republic and Poland didn?t affected the US plans at all. It is confirmed by the latest statements of the American politicians and officials. For example, on October 23 President Bush addressing the graduates of the National Defense University in Washington, DC, said that "the missile defense is a vital component of our security system. The new ABM shield is required for deterrence of an aggressor and provision of non-proliferation conditions". The US President also noted that "the deployment of the ABM systems in Europe is in the interests of the USA and our NATO allies".

After the Moscow talks the US State Secretary in her first interview said that the Americans should immediately start deploying the ABM shield in Europe because they undervaluated the Iranian threat. And it means that the Russian stand with respect to this threat is just ignored by the US Secretary of State.

Recently, the US arguments about the ABM system deployment in Europe became tinted also with the signs of bargaining with Iran and about Iran. Aforementioned Donald Fried said at the talks in the NATO HQ: "If Iran rolls up the uranium enrichment programme, starts cooperating with the international community and changes the tone, it will be appreciated in the context of the ABM problem". The implied sense is obvious ? if you don?t want to have the US ABM systems deployed in Europe, lower the boom on Iran and stop assisting it in development of its nuclear engineering.

To bla-bla-bla the problem, the Americans propose also other options. For instance, Pentagon Spokesman Jeoff Morell said that Washington will not abandon the idea to deploy the ABM systems in Czechia and Poland. But at the same time, America may suspend their commissioning depending on the level of the Iranian threat and Moscow?s stand until a real thread from Iran is confirmed.

In a word, despite all efforts of Russia, the White House did not abandon the idea to deploy the ABM systems in the Czech Republic and Poland. While the information and propaganda campaign on aggravation of the Iranian missile threat and on a "breakthrough" in the ABM talks with Russia is yet another US trap built up to conceal its true strategic interests aimed at neutralization of the Russian nuclear potential, and discredit Russia in the eyes of the European community as an encourager of Iran in development of its nuclear program.