Russian President Vladimir Putin sparked a wave of U.S. media panic with a speech announcing upgrades to his government’s nuclear arsenal. But MIT professor emeritus and missile technology expert Theodore Postol says in an interview with the independent news outlet RealNews that the reaction missed the real story.
In his words the developments of new weapons in Russia was a reaction to the withdrawal of the United States from the ABM Treaty in 2002 and the massive development of US missile defense systems around Russia’s borders. These actions were aimed at the creating of possibility for a disarming first strike on Russia. And Putin is worried about that, and he’s made it clear that “Don’t try. I don’t want any trouble, but don’t try it because we will respond.” and that’s basically his message.
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