Azerbaijan, Baku, May 3 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The United States have never abandoned the plans of creating a global missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Concluding the agreement between Washington and Bucharest on the U.S. anti-missile defense is not a surprise, Russian political analyst Mikhail Remizov said.
"In fact, it deals with technical issues of the relationship of the elements of sea and land-based U.S. missile defense and the role of specific regions and the financial-political price to be paid in relationship with each individual country. So, nothing new happens now," he told Trend over phone from Moscow.
The U.S. and Romania have agreed on the deployment of the U.S. anti-missile defense system on the Romanian territory, France-Presse agency reported with reference to Romanian President Traian Basescu's statement.
The Romanian president said that about 200 U.S servicemen will stay in the territory of the base, but if necessary, their number can be increased up to 500, RIA Novosti reported.
If Russia wanted to be deceived on the issues of non-deployment of the U.S anti-missile defense system in Europe, its partners sometimes gave it this opportunity.
"But in fact, the U.S. plans on creating the anti-missile defense system in Eastern Europe are not cancelled. President Obama just slightly modified President Bush's plan," he said. "It means for the U.S. to feel invulnerable to any nuclear power in the region, including Russia."
In his message to the National Assembly, President Medvedev voiced the idea that if the situation with the joint anti-missile defense system, agreed by Russia and NATO, reaches a deadlock, arms race will inevitably renew. This does not mean leaving START, as the arms race can occur in a qualitative rather than quantitative equivalent. But perhaps, leaving START will be eventually required, the expert said.
"I think that this "if" has already appeared, as it is obvious that the refusal of Americans from a global anti-missile defense system is a bluff," he said.
He said that Russia should not fear the arms race. It should understand what it deals with. It is obvious for the experts that it does not deal with attempts to maintain parity with the U.S. It is impossible, as the U.S. has overwhelming military and technological superiority, including an anti-missile defense system.
But ensuring the threshold of developing the armaments must be the task of the arms race. It ensures an unacceptable damage and guaranteed punishment to the enemy, he said.
"In this respect, Russia is economically and technologically provided with the opportunities for developing its own strategic rocket forces," he said. "There is the only question with the political will of the strategic planning of the Russian leadership. But Moscow prefers to be limited by diplomatic means."
Moreover, concluding an agreement with Romania now can become a plus for Obama as the elimination of bin Laden amid his campaign for the second presidential term.
"Obama can partially appear as a candidate acceptable for some republican establishment now," he said. "So, the game on Republican themes is meaningless."