By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
My take, Putin is feeling he isn’t on the world stage as much as he’d like. Also a little sabre rattling now and then with tend to make Team Obama’s leader grab his ankles during the next time he plans to disarm our nukes.
I choose to worry about the more important issues in life. For instance is my beer going to be nice and cold when I get after it this evening.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.
The Washington Times
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, warns that talks between Moscow and Washington on the U.S.-led NATO missile defense plan in Europe are “close to a dead-end” on May 3, 2012, as officials scrambled to save the deal at a top-level conference. (Associated Press)
The threat comes as talks about the missile defense system, which the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at Iranian missiles, appear to have stalled.
“We have not been able to find mutually acceptable solutions at this point, and the situation is practically at a dead-end,” Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.
Ellen Tauscher, the U.S. special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense, insisted the talks about NATO plans for a missile defense system using ground-based interceptor missiles stationed i
But she acknowledged Wednesday that the recent elections in Russia and the upcoming elections in the U.S. make it “pretty clear that this is a year in which we’re probably not going to achieve any sort of breakthrough.”
She reiterated that the U.S.-built system, still in development, is being designed to shoot down Iranian intermediate-range missiles aimed at Europe, not Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Russian officials insist that the system has the capability to shoot down their ICBMs, thus robbing their nuclear deterrent of its credibility and destabilizing the Cold War-era balance of mutually assured destruction.
Neither the State Department nor the Pentagon had any immediate comment on the Russian threat Thursday.