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Putin ‘Forced To Retaliate’ In Arms Race

From his fans at Reuters:

Putin lashes out at West’s “new arms race”

By Michael Stott

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a new global arms race was starting and Russia was “forced to retaliate” with new, high-tech weapons.

In a tough speech outlining his vision for Russia to 2020, Putin accused the West of ignoring Moscow’s concerns on security by expanding the NATO military alliance to its borders and deploying a missile defense system in Central Europe.

“It is already clear that a new arms race is unfolding in the world. It’s not our fault, we didn’t start it,” Putin told government, business and military leaders at the Kremlin, three months before his presidency is due to end.

“In effect, we are forced to retaliate…Russia has and always will have a response to these new challenges,” he added.

Apparently referring to plans for new nuclear-capable missiles, Putin said “over the next few years Russia will start production of new types of weapons which…are in no way inferior to what other states have and in some cases are superior.”

Putin also said there was a “fierce fight” for natural resources around the globe and many conflicts and foreign policy actions “smell of oil and gas.” Moscow needed to be on its guard against attempts to get access to its resources, he added.

“Under the disguise of turgid declarations about freedom and open society, sometimes the sovereignty of certain states and whole regions is being destroyed,” Putin said, in an apparent reference to U.S. policy in the Middle East and in particular the war in Iraq.

Speaking ahead of presidential elections next month which are widely expected to be won by his chosen successor Dmitry Medvedev, Putin attacked foreign countries for “immoral and illegal” attempts to interfere in Russia’s domestic affairs…

Mr. Putin sounds more like Hugo Chavez every day.

And that is not good.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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