Washington and Moscow resume arms race

Washington Correspondent

Updated:05/05/2021 03:24h


The arrival of Joe Biden the White House has marked a recomposition of relations with Russia, and has led the two powers to a new mode of arms race and harsh cross threats. In the background, there is the growing estrangement between Washington and Moscow, which highlights Biden’s refusal to invite his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to the summits of the G-7, something that he did Donald Trump.

Just a few days ago, the Pentagon announced that it will invest $ 18 billion, or 15,000 million euros, in an anti-missile system that will be deployed in Alaska. The US Administration said that this shield is a mere containment to the long-range threats from Iran and North Korea, but in Moscow this rearmament in front of its border has not done anything well, according to the latest reactions from the Kremlin.

“This is altering the strategic balance of power in the world and stimulating an arms race, including with missiles, “said the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria zajarova, according to the Ria Novosti agency. “USA. it strives for absolute dominance in the military sphere and relies on an exhaustion of Russia’s nuclear deterrent potential, with an emphasis on creating a global missile defense system, “he added.

In reality, Biden came to the Oval Office with the intention, he said, of extending the disarmament treaties with Russia – and earlier the USSR – that Trump set out to invalidate. In fact, in February the new US president agreed with his Russian counterpart extend the nuclear arms control treaty for another five years New START, an optimistic start for a relationship that has been getting complicated. That treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons, with a maximum of 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 ballistic systems for each of the two powers, on land, sea or air.

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President Donald Trump has already unilaterally withdrew the United States from the other treaty, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces, in force for 40 years and which prohibited the production, possession and flight tests of cruise missiles launched from land with a range capacity from 500 to 5,500 kilometers. Washington later destroyed 846 missiles. Moscow, 1846.

Violation of agreements

The reason given by the White House for that exit was that Russia violated the treaty several times. In fact, Biden himself knew about these violations when he was vice president. In 2014, Barack Obama, his boss, denounced in a letter sent to Putin that the Pentagon had detected tests with medium-range missiles in Europe since 2008, which was a violation of the terms of the agreement.

Now President Biden is adding military reinforcement to his list of priorities. The new component of the anti-missile system announced by the Pentagon will report to the Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman companies $ 13 billion in its first phase of development, with about $ 5 billion paid in later phases of manufacturing. There will be 31 interceptors in Alaska, according to Pentagon estimates.

The Kremlin recently called its ambassador in Washington for consultations after Biden defined Putin as a “murderer” and warned him that he would pay the consequences of trying to interfere in the November presidential elections to benefit Trump.

Following the publication of a US intelligence report directly accusing Putin of having authorized a campaign of digital interference in elections to harm Biden and benefit Trump, Biden was asked in an interview about such interference and said that Moscow “will pay the consequences.” Later, Biden was asked if he believes Putin is a “murderer”, following the persecution and poisoning of opposition leaders, including Alexéi Navalni. Biden answered yes, without repeating the word.

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