I am posting this in response to a few threads lately concerning American president Bush building a NMD.
Now that you have what the Russian's think, do you still think that the NMD is a good idea? i.e. If it does go ahead, America risks alienating it's NATO partners, and 100% guaranteed, sparking a new arms race with Russia, which would probably isolate that country to a huge extent.
America doesn't need to worry about Iran; especially since that country is trying to improve relations with America. North Korea, frankly, does not have the required resources to build these weapons.
The country America really should be worried about is Kiribati; what with their long-range ballistic missiles armed with coconut warheads!
Russia's Military Shoots Down Bush Plan to "Update" ABM Treaty
MOSCOW, Jan 30, 2001 -- (Agence France Presse) Russia's military leadership voiced its opposition Tuesday to a plan mooted by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney to "update" the 1972 ABM treaty to let Washington build a national missile defense (NMD) system.
"Russia opposes changes to the ABM treaty. Updating the treaty would end up destroying it," news agencies quoted General Valery Manilov, deputy armed forces chief, saying of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a cornerstone of arms control for three decades.
The new U.S. administration of President George W. Bush has come out in favor of the controversial NMD system, whose development was put on hold by outgoing president Bill Clinton last September.
Cheney hinted Sunday that the United States could breach the treaty signed with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War in order to develop a unilateral missile shield against attack by so-called rogue states.
Washington had signed the 1972 treaty with "a country that no longer exists, and must be modified to allow for the (NMD) program," Cheney told Fox News.
"The modification Americans speak of amounts to emasculating the essence of the ABM treaty, and the purpose for which it was signed -- preserving a balance between strategic defensive and offensive weapons," Manilov was quoted as saying by Interfax.
He had suggested an alternative to deploying the unilateral NMD shield, which was the "creation of a non-strategic theater missile defense system with the participation of all interested states."
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States last Friday that NMD deployment would "irreparably damage" global stability.
Efforts in North Korea and Iran to build long-range missiles prompted the United States to go it alone with a nuclear defense system, arguing that it is increasingly liable to attack.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, who underlined last week that the NMD dispute was not "only a Russian-U.S. problem" and adding that Moscow wanted to consult the European Union, held talks here Tuesday with German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping. ((c) 2001 Agence France Presse)