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Why should the US deploy its missiles near Russia

US authorities do not plan to deploy their missiles, which were banned by the INF Treaty, in Europe. why should the US deploy its missiles near Russia

Why should the US deploy its missiles near Russia

US authorities do not plan to deploy their missiles, which were banned by the INF Treaty, in Europe. They will be based in the Asia-Pacific region, said the US ambassador to Russia. According to experts, most likely their place of deployment will be Japan and South Korea since they are located as advantageously as possible so that the United States could potentially strike at Russia and China.

The United States can deploy its missiles in Japan and South Korea, says Capt. 1st rank retired, First Vice-President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Konstantin Sivkov. So in an interview with Zvezda, he commented on the words of the American ambassador to Russia, John Huntsman, who had previously stated that the US authorities were planning to deploy systems prohibited by the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Korea, if desired, can simply be forced, despite its reluctance. But first of all, it's worth talking about Japan. In other places, the deployment of medium and shorter-range missiles does not make much sense, because the Americans need these missiles to solve two problems, ”the expert noted.
The media’s interlocutor called the first task a “decapitation strike on China,” that is, the destruction of their control centres for intercontinental ballistic missiles, the weapons themselves, as well as “places of deployment of Chinese nuclear submarines with missiles of this type.” Thus, according to the expert, the US military will deprive China of the opportunity to strike back.
“The flight time of missiles will be very short, it’s a matter of a few minutes, while China does not yet have a well-developed missile defense system, which, of course, is in the hands of the Americans,” Sivkov is sure.
The second task of the United States is to strike at Russian forces. “More specifically, we are talking about submarines armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are based in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky,” the retired captain drew attention. According to him, the Americans are betting on the surprise of the strike and short flight time.
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“In general, US medium and shorter-range missiles are an element of preparation for a so-called decapitation and disarming strike, designed to solve specific problems - neutralizing the nuclear potential of Russia and China,” Sivkov said. According to him, the American leadership, except for these two countries, does not see a threat for itself in the Asia-Pacific region.
At the same time, the specialist noted that the missile attack warning system (SPRN) was not ideal, and there were times when it reacted to false targets. However, the flight time from the USA to Russia, which is about 30 minutes, is enough to adequately identify the target and identify a real threat. “And when the flight time is 5-8 minutes, which is achieved by installing missiles at a closer distance, it is almost impossible to accurately determine the threat and respond in time,” Sivkov said, adding that this creates the risk “that in response to a false positive by the SPRN, either Russia or China can use their weapons against the US, that is, the threat of a large-scale nuclear war is sharply increasing.
The information that the American authorities intend to deploy their missiles on the first chain of islands in the Asia-Pacific region, and not in Europe, said US Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman in a commentary on the radio station Echo of Moscow on August 14.
“There is always a threat, and the United States is always to blame. But the answer given by our new Minister of Defense no further, if I am not mistaken than this week, was that even if systems of this class of weapons were needed, they would most likely be placed on the first chain of islands in the Asia-Pacific region and not in Europe, ”said the American representative. At the same time, Huntsman emphasized that this topic was not discussed at meetings with the Russian leadership.
At the same time, the head of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, believes that the ambassador’s words do not guarantee the non-deployment of American missiles in Europe.
“With all the understanding of the significance of the words of the ambassador, representing the official position of the country, it is far from illusions regarding the US plans for INF. Not for that, the Americans withdrew from the treaty in order to continue to comply with it. The only guarantee of non-deployment of American missiles in Europe was the INF Treaty itself, ”Kosachev told TASS.
The senator noted that without this agreement, "the situation is unpredictable and therefore extremely alarming."
The INF Treaty was finally terminated on August 2 this year, when the United States withdrew from it. According to this agreement, which was concluded in 1987, the Russian and American sides pledged to destroy all systems of ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles that were subject to the agreement - missiles of medium (from 1 to 5.5 thousand km) and less ( from 500 to 1 thousand km) range. In addition, such weapons could not be produced, tested and deployed in the future.

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