The United States on Friday proposed a common network of missile defense systems with Russia and NATO to allay Moscow’s concerns over a planned US missile defence system in central Europe.
“The answer is we and the Russians and NATO or the NATO-Russia Council work together to produce a common system or common network of systems which would benefit everyone’s security and also address Russian security concerns,” Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried said.
“If they are part of the system, they can be much more confident that it is not directed against them,” he said, speaking ahead of talks next week between US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates with their opposite numbers in Moscow on October 12.
They will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Secretary Anatoly Serdyukov in the wake of stalled negotiations earlier this month between the two sides in Paris on America’s planned missile defense system.
The proposed system in central Europe is a source of long-running friction between the two former Cold War enemies.
Washington claims the system would protect against “rogue states” such as Iran and wants to build a radar tracking base in the Czech Republic and house interceptor missiles in Poland.
And this was the original plan with the Strategic Defense Initiative under President Ronald Reagan.
Develop the system, make it operational and then include the Soviets/Russians.
The next phase after joint operations will be to replace MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) by reducing nuclear weapon stockpiles with mutual defense pacts.
Reagan’s ultimate goal was to reduce nuclear weapons to a lower level so that there would be NO chance of a nuclear armageddon.
Let’s see if the new Russia under Putin wishes to play ball.