- - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Russian and China are pooling their resources and will look for ways to jointly counter U.S. missile defense capabilities that are expanding in Eastern Europe and South Korea. The Pentagon stresses that the system is to be used only against “rogue” nations launching ballistic missiles. Russia doesn’t see it that way.

America says it is primarily deploying the system in Europe for defense against Iran and the system in South Korea is to be used against the North’s launch of a ballistic missile against U.S. interests. New installations have been recently stood up in Romania and Poland.

Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff commented Tuesday in Xiangshan, China, during a security briefing, according to a transcript of his speech posted on the Defense Ministry’s website. “The upgrades aim to give Washington the ability to launch a nuclear strike with impunity.”

“We are working together on ways to minimize possible damage to the security of our countries,” Poznikhir said. “The illusion of invulnerability and impunity under the guise of missile defense will encourage Washington to make unilateral steps in dealing with global and regional issues. This could lead to a decrease in the threshold for using nuclear weapons to pre-empt enemy actions,” reports Bloomberg.

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