The Missile shield fiasco in Soul

The U.S., NATO and many European countries are have been participating in a proposed project to set up an anti nuclear missile shield or defense system with instillations all over Europe. The idea is to ensure a first line of defense against any missile attacks launched not only on Europe but also into the U.S. from parts of the Middle East. Though it is widely believed that at present no country in that region has the capability of getting a ballistic missile all the way to the U.S. but that may change in the future.

Russia has been staunchly opposed to the plan as it stands right now as radars that will be placed in Europe as part of this system will have the ability to monitor all movement within Russia’s European area and that is not acceptable to them. They would like legally binding assurances from NATO and the U.S. that the shield will not be used against them before they join the countries who are participating in this project. They also do not share the west’s concerns about Iran at the moment.

The U.S. and Russian Presidents caught making candid statements about the anti-ballistic missile shield

President Obama was caught off-guard candidly talking with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by live microphones while they were waiting for members of the Press to be led into the room on the eve of a global nuclear security summit in Soul, the South Korean Capital. President Obama was overheard assuring the Russian President that he would have “more flexibility” with regards to controversial issues like missile defense after the U.S. Presidential elections in November.

The missile issue under discussion is an anti ballistic missile shield program proposed by the U.S. and NATO including participation by Romania, Poland, Turkey and Spain. Russia has been offered a role as well but is hesitant to join this project as they feel that the system could gain the ability to shoot down the nuclear missiles that Russia uses as a deterrent and this would weaken its defense. They would like a legally binding pledge from the U.S. that their missiles would not be targeted by this system and also want joint control of its usage.

As expected the Republicans on their campaign trail have immediately caught the bit between their teeth claiming that President Obama has been treating Russia with kid gloves; with Mitt Romney calling the comment “alarming and troubling”, and stating that he felt this was a bad time for the President to be “ pulling his punches” with the American public.

 

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