The Pentagon said Thursday it was seeking a $1.2-billion funding cut in missile defense spending for fiscal 2010.
Immediately following Barack Obama’s election last fall, Moscow went on a gigantic public relations campaign to persuade the new administration to cut back on missile defense — including the system planned for Poland and the Czech Republic.
Now Medvedev and Putin must be very proud that they’ve gotten their way…
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attend the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow May 9, 2009. President Medvedev warned against “military adventurism” on Saturday, saying Russia would firmly defend its interests — just as it did during World War Two when the Soviet Union defeated fascism.
By giving only lukewarm verbal support for missile defense, slashing the overall defense budget, and dealing with Russians and others to signal weak support for missile defense, President Obama will curtail the nation’s and allied missile defense efforts drastically without even mentioning the program.
Already he has reportedly offered to eliminate the European missile defense effort in a some kind of deal with Russia in exchange for Russian help with Iran’s nuclear program.
Consequently, many European allies see the U.S. as not really interested in missile defese any more.
And the Administration backed away from military planners who suggested the U.S. should shoot down the last long range North Korean missile test.
Russia warns foes in Soviet-style show of might
(AFP) — Russia on Saturday sternly warned its foes not to dare attempt any aggression against the country, as it put on a Soviet-style show of military might in Red Square including nuclear capable missiles.
The display to mark the 64th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War IIcame amid renewed tensions with Georgiaafter NATO’s decision to hold war games in the Caucasus country infuriated Moscow.
“We are sure that any aggression against our citizens will be given a worthy reply,” President Dmitry Medvedev said in a speech in Red Square side-by-side with powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Military vehicles move along Red Square in Moscow during the Victory Day parade May 9, 2009. President Dmitry Medvedev warned against “military adventurism” on Saturday, saying Russia would firmly defend its interests — just as it did during World War Two when the Soviet Union defeated fascism. Medvedev, opening the biggest and most spectacular Victory Day parade in modern Russia’s history, clearly aimed his warning at post-Soviet neighbour Georgia which Russia defeated in a five-day war last August.
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“The victory over fascism is a great example and a great lesson for all peoples and is still current today when people are again starting military adventures,” he added.
Russia’s war with Georgia in August over Georgian breakaway regions sent Moscow-NATO ties to their worst level since the Cold War and tensions have flared again over the alliance’s decision to go ahead with the exercises.
Moscow, which remains at loggerheads with Georgia’s pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili, angrily condemned the war games that started this week as a provocation that risk stoking instability in the region.
“Protecting the motherland is our holy duty, it is a moral foundation for all generations,” said Medvedev. “The future of Russia will be peaceful, happy and successful.”
Before handing over to Medvedev as president last year, Putin resurrected the Soviet practice — dropped after Communism — of having missiles and heavy tanks rumbling over the Red Square cobbles in front of Russia’s leaders.
Thousands of soldiers and more than 100 items of hardware featured in the Red Square parade, which was matched by similar demonstrations across Russia involving almost 30,000 troops, officials said.
Thousands of soldiers marched past Medvedev and Putin, before dozens of heavy tanks, including the main T-90 battle tank and the Sprut self-propelled anti-tank gun, thundered through Red Square to the sound of martial music.
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