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Official: Russia scraps plan to deploy missiles near Poland
« on: September 19, 2009, 02:36:14 pm »
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scrapped a plan to deploy missiles in a region near Poland after President Obama dumped his predecessor's plan for a U.S. missile defense in Eastern Europe, a Russian deputy defense minister said Saturday.
Vladimir Popovkin told Ekho Moskvy radio that Obama's move has made the deployment of Iskander short-range missiles in the Kaliningrad region unnecessary.

"Reason has prevailed over ambitions," Popovkin said. "Naturally, we will cancel countermeasures which Russia has planned in response."

There had already been signals that Russia would scrap the plan after Obama's move, announced Thursday, but Popovkin's statement is the clearest announcement of it.

Russia staunchly opposed the plan by the former administration of George W. Bush to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a related radar in the Czech Republic and said if the project went ahead it would respond by deploying the Iskander missiles in its westernmost Baltic Sea region.

Obama's decision to scrap the plan was based largely on a new U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran's effort to build a nuclear-capable long-range missile would take three to five years longer than originally thought, U.S. officials said. The new U.S. missile-defense plan would rely on a network of sensors and interceptor missiles based at sea, on land and in the air as a bulwark against Iranian short- and medium-range missiles.

Medvedev hailed Obama's decision as a "responsible move," but Russian officials have given no indication yet that Moscow could edge closer to the U.S. stance on Iran. Washington is counting on Moscow to help raise pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Obama is to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the United Nations and the Group of 20 economic summit in the coming week.

Medvedev's predecessor and mentor, Vladimir Putin, who is widely believed to be continuing to call the shots as Russia's prime minister, also praised Obama's decision but challenged the U.S. to do more by canceling Cold War-era restrictions on trade with Russia and facilitating Moscow's entry into the World Trade Organization.

It has remained unclear what behind-the-scenes talks went on between Moscow and Washington before Obama's announcement. Russian officials said they had made no concessions in return.

Medvedev foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko said Friday the move would require the Kremlin to "attentively consider new possibilities opening up for cooperation and interaction," but gave no indication what compromises Moscow could make.

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IAMEXSCAPERONE (0 friends, send message) wrote: 1h 44m ago
Benjamin Netanyahu (to Pres. Obama): Now there is one condition.

Barack Obama: Yes.

B.N.: The Russians insist that the Iranians not be made aware of this. Right?

B.O.;Right. Uh, why?

B. N.: I didnt think to ask.

Only hours after the President Barack Obama announces the cancellation of the eastern European missile plan, Russia announces a similar plan to dismantle missiles that do not exist.
Then like swift eagles the Israeli military springs into action. Annihilating Iranian nuclear sites ,airfields, military bases, triggering the assasination of top iranian leaders, bringing about civil unrest in Tehran, leading to a power grab by opposition leaders. Success!

Asst. to the New Iranian Leader: :Sir, I have Vladimir Putin of Russia on the phone.

Iranian Leader: What in the name of Allah does he want?

Asst. : I dont know sir.

I.L. (answers call) Yes this is the new Iranian Leader, what can I do for you?

Vladimir Putin: Hello I was calling in reference to an out-standing debt incurred by the previous government for the purchase production and technical support for one nuclear reactor supplied to the Iranian people. That debt is due imediately.

I.L.: I'm sorry that was the policy of the previous administration.Thatr eactor was destroyed by the Israelis. We have no funds to pay you with. Our economy is beyond wrecked. No we wont pay!

V.P. Very well. Oh by the way, I have a message from the President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez,. He sends his regrets that his government will not after all be able to ship refined petroleum products to you.

I.L. (dejected) What do you want?

V.P. Everything

Well played Mr. Putin, well played...

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Re: Official: Russia scraps plan to deploy missiles near Poland
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 11:39:40 am »
that's odd.  i recently read an article saying the U.S. decided to scrap its plans for the missle defense shield (that was to be in Poland.)

just another line in the sand.
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Re: Official: Russia scraps plan to deploy missiles near Poland
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 12:06:07 pm »
heck, i need to read the post better before posting  sorry.
It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing Milkbone underwear.  -norm