Putin demonstrated his skills the next day when he gave the American thief of secret information Edward Snowden a shelter for a period of one year, and this was done despite the numerous demands of the White House for his extradition. Attorney General Eric Holder (Eric Holder) even assured his counterpart Alexander Kovalev that the United States would not seek the death penalty of Snowden and would not (horror of horrors!) Torture him if this prodigal son — please very much ask — will be sent back to his forgiving homeland.
Based on the fact that Russia probably gained access to all the secret information at the disposal of Snowden, this refusal, to all appearances, was largely dictated by the main desire, namely, to proudly present the leader of a vengeful superpower as another significant trophy.
In addition, it should be said about the contempt and contempt that were demonstrated by the Russian military, who sent their flagship warship with guided missiles on board to the shores of Cuba. On July 26, an official representative of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, said in an interview with the Interfax-AVN news agency: “The Moscow cruiser and the large sea tanker Bubnov are heading to Havana during the fourth week of their long-distance cruise.” He also added that on the way to Cuba the cruiser will make test launches of cruise missiles.
US officials said that this visit to Cuba is part of Moscow’s efforts to strengthen relations with Communist Cuba in the military, energy and transport sectors. Prime Minister Medvedev prepared a valuable gift in connection with the entry of ships and announced that Moscow is writing off most of Cuba’s Soviet-era debt, which is estimated to be close to 30 billions of dollars.
There is also reason to believe that the program of Russian-Cuban cooperation includes the resumption of electronic espionage from the territory of a large Soviet-era intelligence complex in Lourdes, near Havana. This complex is located less than 100 miles from Key West Island, and its facilities will be able to intercept most communications in the southeastern United States.
My God, why don't we all live together
In the end, the point is not that President Obama has not done everything possible to fulfill Putin’s demands and begin to live in harmony. So where is the gratitude and respect? Of course, nothing of the kind has been observed, and at the same time the whole world is witnessing how the administration itself, mired in scandals, is probably surprised that Barry even after recent friendly photo shoots and exchanges of silly jokes with Vlad at the G-8 summit in North she Ireland could not bring Snowden home.
When some time ago during a press conference in Finland, Putin was asked about the Snowden case, he simply smiled and said: “I would prefer not to deal with such issues. It's like cutting a piglet - a lot of screeching, and little wool. ” He also added: “He does not cross the border, he does not need a visa. And all the accusations against Russia (regarding assistance to him) are nonsense and nonsense. ”
Putin simply explained that Russia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, and suggested that Moscow could only send Snowden if he were a criminal. While standing at the residence of the Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and standing next to him, Putin said: "On the territory of the Russian Federation, Mr. Snowden, thank God, did not commit any crimes."
At a press conference in Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that the United States really does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, but, nevertheless, Moscow must abide by the practice of customary law that exists between states when it comes to fugitives. “I simply call for calm and rationality. We would like to hope that Russia will not side with a man fleeing from justice, ”Kerry stressed. He also reminded the Russians that over the past few years, the United States has transferred seven people suspected of committing crimes "among those" they wanted to receive. "
This is all about rationality. Just a couple of days after Christmas, Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian children by citizens of the United States. As a result, a bilateral agreement that entered into force just a month before was canceled. The ban on adoption was hastily conducted through the Russian parliament after the US Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, prohibiting Russians who violate human rights from visiting the United States and using the services of banks in America.
And where is all this famous spirit of "reset" and cooperation with Russia, the manifestations of which, as we were told, we were right to expect? Remember how the president of the United States during the global summit in Seoul assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “greater flexibility” when discussing controversial issues after the November elections? Medvedev, with a sense of duty, said that he would convey these words to Putin, who was still preparing to become president.
And he actually received this flexibility, and as a concession to Russia, he postponed funding for ground-based interceptor missiles (GBI) and radars that the United States promised to install in Poland and in the Czech Republic to protect against Iranian launchers. It should be particularly noted that Obama informed our faithful NATO allies of the Poles about his decision to abandon our commitments to provide former Soviet satellites with protection against a rocket attack from belligerent Russia, and this was done in a telephone conversation held on 17 September 2009 of the year, 70 day anniversary of the Soviet invasion. He then claimed that another, better plan was at his disposal.
Then in March of this year, he also refused from this “better plan” when Defense Minister Chuck Hagel announced that the fourth and last phase of the Eastern European missile shield program, which, incidentally, would also protect the territory of the United States from Iranian missiles. The fourth phase involved the development of the SM-3IIB interceptor missile, a more improved version of the missiles that our Aegis anti-missile ships are currently equipped with. The three previous phases were supposed to counteract only missiles aimed at Europe.
By the way, Russia is currently completing the construction of a large Armavir radar in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, which will be able to monitor missile launches from Europe and Iran. It was at this point on the Baltic Sea coast that Russia initially threatened to deploy its modern Iskander short-range rocket launchers capable of being equipped with nuclear warheads, Moscow declared its readiness to take such a step if the Bush administration proceeds with its plans for deploying ground-based interceptor missiles in Poland and Romania, as well as an anti-missile radar in the Czech Republic. Well, you know, these are those that the Obama administration refuses in the expectation that Russia will politely agree to make corresponding general reductions in the field of defense.
Meanwhile, Armavir, one of the four modern anti-missile radars built by Russia in recent years, will be urgently put into operation before 2020. Each of them is able to track 500 objects simultaneously. Three radars have already been deployed near St. Petersburg and in Siberia, in the Irkutsk region. All of them are protected by the most modern Russian anti-aircraft missile systems C - 400.
But according to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are still far from achieving Russian love. After Hagel’s statement that the implementation of the fourth phase of the Eastern European anti-missile shield will be postponed indefinitely, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement criticizing the Pentagon for “continuing to strengthen its global anti-missile system and improve its effectiveness.”
Meanwhile, Russia is illegally expanding the global scope of its missiles. Recently, the Russians, in violation of the Medium and Shorter Range (INF) Treaty 1987, carried out tests of the Yars-M ballistic missile. This treaty prohibits testing and producing ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5 000 kilometers. Russia can bypass it, claiming that they are actually long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) designed to replace old weapons systems.
President Putin 19 June noted that some of the "neighbors" of Russia (primarily China was meant) are also developing medium-range missiles. According to him, Moscow will not allow the treaty on medium-range missiles to hinder the strengthening of strategic weapons. In addition, Russia plans to deliver anti-ship missiles, as well as earth-class missiles - air to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which represents a particular threat to Israel.
Refusing the Eastern European nuclear shield, our commander-in-chief put an end to it or even abandoned several important weapons development programs. This should include a reduction in the creation of aircraft-mounted lasers capable of intercepting enemy missiles in the early launch phase, as well as refusal to develop multiple warhead interceptor missiles (MKV) and kinetic energy interceptors (KEI) using small charges and capable of distinguishing false goals that increase the chances of success.
The planned replacement of Ohio-class nuclear submarines equipped with nuclear ballistic missiles was also postponed, and a new decision has not yet been made as to whether the new generation of strategic bombers will be able to carry nuclear weapons on board. weapon. In the meantime, Russia, as it became known, is creating submarines of the new class “Borey”, capable of carrying on board the 16 nuclear missiles of the long-range “Bulava”. The Russians also intend to place a naval formation in the Mediterranean on a permanent basis this year, and the new Russian strategic bomber will be ready for 2020.
In mid-April, White House National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon passed a still secret letter from President Obama to President Putin during his visit to Moscow during his visit to Moscow. Putin’s aide, Yury Ushakov, speaking to reporters, noted that this message "touches upon the problems of military policy, including issues of missile defense and nuclear arsenals."
Republican Party member Mike Rogers of Alabama, who chairs the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Arms Committee of the US House of Representatives, confirmed that the military plan is nearing completion and that “it is likely that further substantial reductions of nuclear weapons will be recommended. United States forces. " “As the available reserves are reduced, we have reached a situation in which further reductions are of paramount importance to national security,” he stressed.
At the same time, the creation of one of the main ones for the modernization of the complexes, necessary for extending the life of our aging nuclear warheads, is currently postponed for at least five years, and some believe forever. Whereas Russia, which possesses the world's largest nuclear arsenal, continues to modernize and upgrade its warheads. Russia is also preparing to adopt a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles, each of which will be capable of carrying up to 15 warheads.
Chairman of the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Buck McKeon - a Republican from the state of California - expressed concern that the debate on arms reduction with Russia is not conducted on an equal footing. Referring to Obama's mentioning of this topic in a speech delivered by 19 June in Berlin, he stressed: “The President’s desire to start a new round of arms control negotiations with the Russians, while Russia is behaving dishonestly if the conditions of the most important existing agreement on control over nuclear weapons raises questions about credulity. ”
In addition, Russia was presented with another olive branch in order to begin negotiations on a new START treaty, and now the Obama administration is proposing to deactivate one-third of one-third of the nuclear arsenal of the United States and do so without Senate consent. Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney described it as “the most dangerous thing among the steps taken by the American presidents in my memory. This is not the time to embark on such a dangerous path, as China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are increasing their nuclear forces. ”
Current commander of the pacific fleet U.S. four-star Admiral Cecil ED Haney, who was promoted to head of the U.S. Strategic Command, said in a Senate hearing on his new appointment on July 30 that he would oppose unilateral cuts. Admiral Haney emphasized that nuclear modernization is “even more critical” for an aging US arsenal, given the cuts provided for in the new START treaty. “It is very important that we have reliable, safe and effective nuclear deterrents and that the industrial base supports it.”
So now we all have to wait for Obama to offer his new best friend Vladimir in the field of arms control, when they meet in September during the G-20 group summit in St. Petersburg. The level of tension is simply astounding, and it can certainly be compared to Nancy Pelosi's arousal at the moment when she wanted to find out what pretty can be found in the fair bag of the Obama’s medical support program, which the Democratic-controlled Senate approved reading.
In the meantime, we can argue that President Obama is also in suspense. Ultimately, isn’t President Obama “restored America’s position in the world”? In an interview with CNN on 2009, he said: “We saw very specific areas of cooperation on the nuclear issue. During my inauguration, the world community was still divided as to the true intentions of Iran ... We mobilized the international community. Now we have such means of verification as the International Atomic Energy Agency, we have a group of P-5 plus one, which includes Russia and China, and everyone is talking to the leaders of Iran - you are on the wrong side stories».
And if you like this monstrous lie, then you should listen to the funny story about fish that causes Putin to laugh.