President Putin Losing Patience : Raising Russian Military Spending ...
We saw a very sobering sort of story in this morning's Guardian. We're sure it's something special enough to be shared - as soon as possible - especially among our American amigos, states-side.
Here's the header.
Big rise in Russian military spending raises fears of new challenge to west·We don't know about such news causing 'concerns' but what we definitely do know is this; it certainly shouldn't come as a surprise.
Moscow anxious over US missile defence plans·
Hawkish minister outlines $189bn hardware revamp
Luke Harding in Moscow and Ian Traynor in Brussels
Friday February 9, 2007 -- The Guardian
Concerns were growing yesterday over a new bout of east-west confrontation, after Russia unveiled a big increase in military spending in the wake of the American decision to site parts of its controversial missile defence system in eastern Europe.
We've both been expecting something like this for some considerable time now. Haven't you?
Put yourself in President Putin's place for a minute -- if you were he (or his defence minister, Sergie Ivanov), wouldn't you too, by now, be just about as bloody well browned by the BushBlairCo, crazy carryings on?
We know we would.
Here's more from the same story.
Russia's hawkish defence minister, Sergei Ivanov, revealed an ambitious plan for a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly a fleet of aircraft carriers.
Moscow also intended to revamp its early warning radar system.
This major overhaul of Russia's military infrastructure would cost $189bn (£97bn) over eight years, he said, adding that he wanted to exceed the Soviet army in "combat readiness".
And here's some more.
Yesterday analysts said Moscow was worried the defence shield in eastern Europe could turn into a Trojan horse.
"This is irritating for Russia," said Yevgeny Miasnikov, a senior research scientist at Moscow's Centre for Arms Control.
"When the Soviet Union collapsed a vacuum was created in the countries of the former Warsaw bloc. The US has tentatively moved into the vacuum and is creating infrastructure that might threaten Russia.
The Bush administration's system is not justified.
Read the rest of this revealing, Russia related report right here.