At the media forum in Rome, Lavrov said the following: "If an agreement on Iran is implemented, the reason that is called as the need to create a missile defense system in Europe will disappear."
An article by Max Fisher on the Russian foreign policy on European missile defense immediately appeared in the Washington Post. The article entitled “Russia is already using negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program for its own purposes” (the source of the translation is "InoSMI"), journalist Max Fisher writes:
“No one is looking for opportunities to benefit from the situation, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov does. He did not wait even two days after the signing of an agreement with the United States, Europe and China on the issue of Iran’s nuclear weaponsby trying to find out if he can extract something for his country from this deal. On Monday, Lavrov said that if Iran followed the terms of the agreement to limit its nuclear program, the United States and NATO would have to abandon their plan to install an anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe. ”
Minister Fisher gave a rather high rating to the statement. At the same time, he highly appreciated the work of Comrade Lavrov as head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The current ambiguity in the issue of missile defense is exactly what turns S. Lavrov's statement into a geopolitical "catch minnow" at a high level, according to an American journalist. And this makes Lavrov the ideal of the Russian foreign minister.
The correspondent also reminded readers that Lavrov and Putin benefited from the international crisis associated with the use of chemical weapons in Syria, advancing an agreement to destroy these weapons in exchange for the abolition of American air strikes. The case of E. Snowden became the crown of the laurel "catching minnow".
If a politician skillfully uses circumstances, we add from himself, he is not a weather vane in the wind, he is the wind itself. If a politician, by his own short-sightedness and at the instigation of numerous advisers, finds himself in a situation when circumstances begin to use him (as happened with Obama), then he is a weather vane. Both Syria and Snowden are excellent examples of this. Let's hope that they are not the last.
And with this geopolitical solitaire, an American analyst, whether he wants it or not, is forced to admit Russia's success in the international arena.
Presenter of the program “Postscript”, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma Alexei Pushkov in his microblogging on Twitter on 25 in November expressed consonant with Lavrov: “At NATO, the need for missile defense in Europe was explained by the so-called "Iranian threat". If the Iranian problem is resolved, the missile defense will have nothing to explain. ”
At the same time, it became known that the West is not going to turn off Euro-PRO. Iran turned out to be peaceful? Comrade Lavrov spoke and reminded whom the antimissiles will be directed against? Do not worry, we find other enemies.
Reaching an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program may lead Washington to look for a new “enemy image” to justify, in particular, in the eyes of taxpayers, the implementation of military programs. About it RIA News" said the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov.
"Perhaps the United States will now begin to look for another state that could theoretically threaten the United States and NATO - for example, Syria," - said the senator. He added: “So simply they will not give up the idea of a missile defense system. Although now Washington will have to explain to its taxpayers why their funds are spent on a missile defense system in Europe. ”
The head of the upper house committee believes that there are economic arguments for deploying EuroMD: "... I expect other arguments, such as the US economic lobby, to be stronger than common sense."
Without any doubt, let us add, defense companies in the USA are able to defend their interests.
The NATO members did not find “another state”, but as many as thirty such states that “really” threaten peace and security.
November 25 in the media there were reports of a strange response to NATO Lavrov.
“NATO’s missile defense system is not designed to protect against any particular country. We are talking about protection from a real and growing threat, but against a real threat, we need real defense. ”- said Alliance staff in Brussels. He explained: “We know that more than 30 countries have or are acquiring ballistic missile technology, which can ultimately be used as carriers of not only conventional warheads, but also weapons of mass destruction.” And he concluded: there are no grounds for revising the agreements on missile defense.
Amazingly, the Western media again threw an anonymous statement into the media space. The unnamed source is an extremely convenient way to feed material. Any material, we emphasize. First, no responsibility. Secondly, full scope and complete freedom for propaganda. Thirdly, these dark sources are always popular with pro-government Western media, which immediately take them away for quotations or reprints. Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, the Internet, then “experts” and “analysts” are connected, as well as the close ranks of other anonymous authors, already with reference to “government circles”, “high-ranking employees” and some “knowledgeable” people - and As a result, it is very difficult for a simple man in the street, that is, someone who can often vote for politicians and pay taxes, to get to the truth. Actually, he will not dig out. As the character of one film said: “We in the West have become accustomed to trusting the press.”
"Cold War" has not been canceled. “Reboot” is political nonsense. And the United States did not abandon the role of world gendarme. The economic crisis is nothing more than a nuisance. Moreover, the orders of the military industrial complex in the USA and Western Europe are one of the known ways to overcome this crisis. Therefore, the construction of EuroPRO in Eastern Europe will continue.
As for the thirty enemy countries (or rather, more than thirty) and the "real threat", which anonymous said, the source has withdrawn itself from the details.
This is understandable. He is anonymous. His business start, and then picked up by others. It is not surprising, therefore, that someone Mr. X is in charge of our foreign minister. A friend of journalists rubbing their hands in anticipation of a new sensation in the spirit of the "cold war." More than thirty opponents! Well this is what a rich material can be bungled! Only now they would think: if they used to say that the European missile defense system is not directed against Russia, now Moscow is clearly among the "thirty" NATO enemies. Of course, the West will have to somehow recognize this - if not today, then six months later, when Iran fulfills the conditions of the Geneva agreement. And he will perform. This is obvious in the same way as the fact that Israel alone will not risk bombing Iran. And the Saudis do not go there either. So far, the main question is Syria ...
As for the NATO anonymous author, it is difficult to call this move unsuccessful. Sergey Lavrov or his deputies are inconvenient to condescend to the level of an unnamed applicant. But silence is embarrassing. The latter means swallowing the bitter pill. And, while our Foreign Ministry is considering how to be, the United States and NATO are urgently considering the next step, namely, they are compiling a list of three dozen “real” enemies.
By the way, Americans do not necessarily remove Iran from this list. No matter how much Russian analysts and observers scoff at the anonymous letter from NATO, but before Iran fulfills the terms of the agreement in Geneva, it takes another six months. And the West will always find something to complain about.
However, one thing is clear with NATO: if you believe the anonymous author, then the construction of a missile defense system in Eastern Europe to Tehran’s nuclear program, which the West and Israel considered military, did not really have a relationship. If, however, anonymous statements are a simple injection on trial, then it becomes clear: NATO is testing the ground for further tactics in the media space. Russians didn't like the idea of 30 enemies? Well, we will think about it, but for now let us return to Iran.
And they are back.
The fact that the agreement of the "six" with Iran to suspend the Iranian nuclear program did not change the US plans to deploy missile defense in Europe, said RIA News" 26 November, Laura Lukas Magnuson, representative of the US National Security Council at the White House.
“Although the G-6 and Iran have reached an initial agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, a lot of work remains to be done, and we are negotiating a full-scale solution over the next six months. Our views on the importance of missile defense in Europe and our commitment to a European phased adaptive approach to the development and deployment of missile defense systems remain unchanged, ”she said.
That's all; “There is still a lot of work to be done.”
In fact, the media - both Western and Russian - in many respects are speculating on the topic of European missile defense. Nobody expected any changes in the deployment of the system in Eastern Europe. Even Lavrov. He simply could not keep silent: the case was very convenient.
Back in early November, US Secretary of State John Kerry, while on a visit to Europe, said that the deployment of a missile defense system would probably not depend on improving relations with Iran. His words reminded the newspaper Tehran Times. John Kerry said that “nothing has changed” in this respect and that he does not foresee any changes. Following in NATO confirmed that the missile defense is "a deterrent against any threats to Europe, and not just those that come from any one country."
Another thing is that the United States and NATO, broadcasting at one time about European missile defense and the Iranian threat, snagged just like Obama snared a Syrian “red line” (everyone remembers the “serial” with chemical weapons and speeches about this by the US President). Any designated “feature”, any particular named “enemy” is unambiguously interpreted by the world community. Subsequently, Obama claimed that journalists misunderstood him and that he did not speak about any red lines. Now Washington and NATO will have to assure the international community that we are talking about some kind of total defense against all enemies at once, and that journalists also misunderstood about Iran. Iran was simply one of the "real" enemies, and besides it there are thirty more.
Probably, soon we will hear statements about this.
November 27 Alliance confirmed that the ministerial meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will be held December 4. About it RIA News" said an unnamed representative of the alliance.
“I confirm that December 4 will host a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council at the ministerial level. We look forward to the presence of Minister Lavrov and Secretary of State Kerry, but this information needs to be confirmed in diplomatic missions, ”he said.
Lavrov will not be Lavrov, if he does not ask at the meeting a question about Euro missile defense ...
Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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