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Russia to beef up defence to counter Nato

2012-03-20 18:32

Moscow - President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that Russia would make major defence investments to ensure its armed forces are ready to counter Nato's planned missile shield system for Europe.

"We have not closed the door to negotiation... but we will be ready," Medvedev said during a meeting with senior army commanders, the Interfax news agency reported.

Nato says the missile shield system and is not aimed at Russia.

Russia says the system nullifies its nuclear deterrence and has threatened to aim a new generation of missiles at European military targets and deploy its own missile interceptors, if no compromise is reached.

US President Barack Obama and Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin are planning to discuss the conflict during talks in May at Camp David, Maryland.

Medvedev added that a top priority of an ongoing programme to modernise the Russian army was to make the armed forces ready to counter the Nato shield system by 2018.

Russia's defence spending will rise to 2.8% of gross domestic product by 2020, and some $785bn have been earmarked for new weapons systems over the next eight years, Medvedev said.

Spending on modern weaponry and equipment will increase by 30% by 2015, he said.

Comments
  • Hugo - 2012-03-20 18:47

    Go for them Mr Putin

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:31

      ?

  • sycomachinery - 2012-03-20 19:07

    Here we go again, they all flippen bankrupt, but they want to play war-games.

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-03-20 23:36

      I can't remember where I heard this: wouldn't it be nice if schools got all the money they needed and the army had to hold bake sales to buy jets?

  • Trevor - 2012-03-20 19:08

    Putin dreams of MOTHER RUSSIA...but then again, what do you expect from a former KGB Agent who at this moment is using the same tactics used before the fall of the wall....The wheel is turning, the Russian people have not learned so expect the USSR to born again,fantasy, not anymore they have money from their HUGE supplies of oil and gas..

      Fidel - 2012-03-21 03:25

      Russia is being surrounded by NATO missiles, and you expect them to seat on their behinds. Putin is not Zuma!

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:32

      No Fidel. The neo-Soviet Russian regime thinks like the Soviet Union, not like a modern democracy. Hence it feels threatened, instead of joining the freer world. It also adjust elections to hold onto power, and oppresses its opportion.

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-20 19:33

    The best way of defence is attack. In 1962 the Cuban missile deployed by the then Soviet Union nearly sparked the nuclear world war. By same token the ring of strategic short range missile America surround Russia with in Europe deserve serious counter measures from Russia. America has been bulling the world since the end of world war 2 till today. The cold war mentality still exist among Americans.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 02:45

      Funny. You're exactly upside down.

      Fidel - 2012-03-21 03:31

      Well spotted Nkosinathi. There are plenty of fools here who have no idea of the US's refusal to cooperate with Russia on a NATO missile defensive shields being deployed in Poland with a pretext of intercepting Iranian missiles being directed against NATO countries, which is nothing other than a missile defence shield directed towards Russia. American corporations are selling the Pentagon all sorts of phony defense technology to fleece the US taxpayer and the US politicians are playing along as this means election donations for them and future employment opportunities once they leave politics.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:37

      True to form Fidel, you're upside down. The Russian regime is oppressive, dishonest, and untrustworthy. Instead of joining the freer world, it feels threatened and isolates itself and the Russian people. It adjusts elections and oppresses its oppositon. It supplies arms to one of the biggest terrorist states in the world, Syria, that is butchering civilians and doesn't allow Syrians the basic human right to vote. As long as Russians allow this regime to stay in power, Russia will be a rogue, fringe state.

  • schewitz - 2012-03-20 19:47

    russia supports assad and talk war with Europe and the USA. WTF

      Fidel - 2012-03-21 03:38

      amerika supports bahrain and saudi arabia and talk war with China and Russia. WTF

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:43

      Fidel has an anti-US OCD that blinds him to true judgment.

  • Koos - 2012-03-21 00:14

    "Russia says the system nullifies its nuclear deterrence" is that not the point of a defensive shield?

  • Chris - 2012-03-21 01:49

    Think the quoted statistics are incorrect. Russia's 2011 est. GDP is $1.885 trn. A projected 2.8% defence spend of GDP is $53 billion p.a. at 2011 levels. If they plan to spend $785bn over 8 years, they will be short by $45bn annually on their capital budget. Wonder how they plan to fund their opex budget (staff costs and operational costs)?

  • Fred - 2012-03-21 02:47

    Russia under a non-mafia-like, non neo-Soviet regime would be jointing Nato, not trying to counter it. That way the world would have a stronger, global alliance for peace.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-21 03:36

    I hope that both Russia and China don't fall into the same trap that bankrupted the Soviet Union in an arms race with those evil yankees. When will the world stop accepting American pesos as it is this status of having the world's reserve currency that gives them enormous power that they have abused since the destruction of Europe by WW11.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-21 04:06

      Welcome back, I told the USA, the suspension of daily Fidel attacks, would not last forever !! And please, the next time you are "out" put someone else in your place, than this Patrick, he is soooo booooring!!!!!! The same three or four sentences, over and over and over and over again.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:39

      Fidel would support the Soviet Union, one of the darkest forms of government the world has ever known. He would support the neo-Soviet Putin regime too, that supplies arms to Bashar Assad so that Assad can oppress Syrians and deny them the right to vote.

  • Joseph - 2012-03-21 14:15

    Y does no1 ask what does America plan 2 do with all the weapons that they are deploying all over the world

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