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Medvedev Announces Strengthen Of Forces From 2011  
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4999 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2346 times:

Medvedev announces heavy build up of Russia's military forces and especially to make their nuclear arsenal ready for fight from 2011.

- The main objective is to make our strategic nuclear forces ready for battle.

The reason is NATO's continued spread of activity close to Russia.

- From 2011 we will start a major strengthening of the navy and army, says Medvedev

He pointed out local criseses and terrorism as treats against Russia's security.

The Russian defence budget has nearly become 4 times larger in the last few years. The goal has been to better the capacity for the armed forces that fell behind after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3478 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

I'm all for it. Go for it, Medvedev and Putin!


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21652 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

Quite possible that it's above all posturing to maintain the nationalistic fervour that keeps the russian population docile under the current regime.

Russia is in financial trouble, not least with money borrowed from the west. An expensive military buildup would not be a wise move under the circumstances, but it sure sounds great to some...

User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1405 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
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Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
Medvedev announces heavy build up of Russia's military forces and especially to make their nuclear arsenal ready for fight from 2011.

Maybe this decision was inevitable. Here's an article which, briefly, addresses Russia's possible membership in NATO:


Once upon a time, it was openly entertained in diplomatic circles East and West. In late 1991, the final days of the U.S.S.R,, Boris Yeltsin stunned a NATO meeting by sending a letter with this unilateral declaration: "Today we are raising a question of Russia's membership in NATO." "A long-term political aim," Yeltsin called it then, as he threw down the gauntlet before the West. NATO ministers, as Tom Friedman reported for the New York Times at the time, were "too taken aback ... to give any coherent response." In the ensuing years, as Yeltsin with characteristic bravura continued to raise the prospect, the West kept fumbling for a reply.

Even Putin, in his first days in the Kremlin, seized on the issue. In March 2000, in his first interview with a foreign reporter ... Asked outright if Russia could join NATO, Putin shot back: "I do not see why not."

It seems like Russia is not only feeling snubbed but alone. During the cold war, the Soviet Union had its Warsaw Pact Allies (albeit coerced allies) as a buffer zone towards the West. Now, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Warsaw pact, NATO's silence about the idea of Russian membership in the alliance, along with the eastward expansion of NATO, Russia's defensiveness is understandable.

Maybe I'm being very naive here, but it's too bad the Western Allies aka NATO didn't embrace Russia as an ally instead of shoving them back into the cold (as the article says). Maybe it's not too late.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11332 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
Medvedev announces heavy build up of Russia's military forces and especially to make their nuclear arsenal ready for fight from 2011.

It's nobody else's business what President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin will decide to do in their own country.

The same with the Iranians I will say, although I hope neither of these countries will starve their population for defense purposes. Somebody will have to foot the bill, i.e. the tax payers.

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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

I think it's a great idea to have a balance of power. Having the USA as the only super-power is not good for the world, but we don't need a new cold-war. I've lived "under" the Russians (in the 80s in Romania) and the Americans (live in Canada now) and I would much rather have the Americans be the dominant superpower, than the Russians (no offence, communism ruined Romania and the USSR had a big part in that).

Anyway, back to my opinion... Russia should and needs to look like a super power, just to keep a balance in this world.

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