Russia scraps plan to deploy missles

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    Russia says it has scrapped plans to deploy missiles in a region near Poland after U.S. President Barack Obama canceled plans for a missile defense system in Central Europe.

    In a radio interview Saturday, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin said Mr. Obama's move has made the deployment of Iskander short-range missiles in the Kaliningrad region unnecessary.

    President Obama said Thursday he is replacing the planned missile defense system with what he called a new approach for defending the United States and its NATO allies from a missile threat from Iran.

    VOA News - Russia Scraps Missile Deployment after Obama Cancels Missile Shield
     
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    Funny, the article ignores the current anti-Moscow strife and security issues in Kaliningrad Oblast. That makes for an incomplete analysis by the article.
     
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    Oh MY GOD!!!!

    IT IGNORES THE SECURITY ISSUES IN KALININGRAD OBLAST!!!

    That is so important to us!
     
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    Its just mere posturing nothing else, given that the bulk of Russia's systems are mobile that can be deployed by them where they like any time they like. Its just pointless shuffling on the chess board of power. That is the advantage that Russia has over the US, Russia is so large that it can deploy its weapons anywhere and to use them in any region of the World unlike the US that has to put bases where it can to do same.
     
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    This move has proven to be an outstanding polocy success for Pres. Obama :eusa_angel:
     
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    It may be unimportant to you, but I prefer to make my analysis of a situation based on thorough information. Security issues with anti-Moscow factions in Kaliningrad Oblast have been going on for some time.

    Read up:
    From 2004, to indicate that the anti-Moscow dissent in the Oblast has been in existence for some time.
    RUSSIA WARNS OF MISSILE FORWARD-DEPLOYMENT IN KALININGRAD REGION - The Jamestown Foundation

    Getting information on those security issues and anti-Moscow strife from those in Kaliningrad itself are difficult at best as Moscow has arrested those who go public with the dissent. For example, Rustam Vasiliev has been able to stay out of jail for now (although he has been arrested several times) and he gives a good account of the anti-Moscow mentality of the Oblast: Independence for Kaliningrad! Those fighting for independence in the Oblast never wanted the Russian missiles there. From the time Moscow announced their intent, there has been significant increased dissent in Kaliningrad, something the Russians certainly took into consideration in their decision.
     
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    Eh, Russia is looking for a figleaf to hide behind. Chances are that they were not going to deploy these missiles anyway. Hell, the new system is geared towards short and medium range missiles....which Russia was going to deploy.

    Oh, and I think Obama's change of direction on the missile defense was the right way to go. The original system was geared towards long range missiles. The new one is more adaptable and "mobile", in that it can shift mission purpose more easily. And it's actually geared towards the short and medium range missiles which Iran is developing.
     
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    Which is exactly why he did it.

    He is taking the advice of a very good defense secretary.
     
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    Maybe. But my point was that Russia is FOS.
     
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    yeah, he did pick a good Sec Def
     

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