The United States is deploying missile defense systems near Russia’s borders with the goal of obtaining the potential to deliver a surprise nuclear strike on Russia, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lt. Gen.Viktor Poznikhir said on Wednesday.

“The deployment of missile defense systems near our borders creates a powerful strike potential for the US enabling it to deliver a surprise [the attacked party won’t be able to strike in response] missile and nuclear strike on Russia,” the general told the Moscow Conference on International Security.

By developing the global missile defense system Washington also seeks to gain the potential to deliver such a strike without a response against any undesirable country, he noted.

In his report, the general explained that the US had developed a concept of pre-launch interception and planned to destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles of Russia, China and other countries while they are still in launchers. Those missiles, which will be able to blast off, are to be eliminated by missile defense systems.

The general warned the states, which now host or will host elements of the US missile shield, that these facilities will become priority targets for destruction. He also noted that using missile defense systems against missiles with nuclear warheads is linked to threats of a long radioactive contamination of the territory. “Therefore, the countries taking part in implementing the Pentagon’s anti-missile plans may suffer,” he explained.

Measures Against the US Global Missile Shield

Russia has taken adequate measures against the US global missile shield by creating Sarmat and Avangard weapons with the increased capabilities of breaching this system, according to Poznikhir.

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As defensive and offensive armaments are being deployed near the Russian borders on a large scale, Russia has to take “adequate counter-measures,” the general stressed.

These measures were outlined in the addresses by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly, he said.

“They, primarily, include arming the strategic offensive forces with cutting-edge missile systems with the increased capabilities of overcoming the missile shield, such as the Avangard and Sarmat weapons,” Poznikhir said.

The general recalled the Russian president’s words that Russia was not interested in the strategic arms race “and is urging the United States to return to the negotiating table for a constructive dialogue on the issues of missile defense and the search for mutually acceptable solutions.”

The Eighth Moscow Conference on International Security is being held on April 23-25. The agenda includes crucial issues related to international security, and the sides will exchange views on modern military dangers and threats, including improving the arms control system. The participants will also discuss the situation in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The defense ministers from at least 35 countries and more than 1,000 experts from over 100 countries are taking part in the event.

The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle. According to open sources, the ‘breakthrough’ weapon was developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov, the Moscow Region) and was tested from 2004. The glide vehicle is capable of flying at hypersonic speed in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense.

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The new weapon was unveiled by Russian President Putin in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 last year. Later, the Russian leader said that “the Avangard system is already in the process of its manufacture and has entered its serial production and in 2019 we are planning to deliver it to the Armed Forces.”

The RS-28 Sarmat is a Russian advanced silo-based system with a heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile. It has been in the process of its development since the 2000s to replace the R-36M2 Voyevoda ICBM.

It weighs about 200 tonnes and has a throw weight of around 10 tonnes. The Sarmat is capable of breaching any existing and future missile defenses.

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prince teutonic

That would be very stupid thing to do because Russian submarines parked near east and west US coast would make sure that Washington is covered with dust cloud…

Daeshbags-Sux
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It’s pure bullshïtting from Lt. Gen.Viktor Poznikhir! He’s doing it for domestic PR purposes and to advertise Rosoboronexport gear… If ever Poznikhir believes what he says, he should be fired for incompetence! Russians perfectly know that ABMs are not here for Russians ballistic missiles, BTW, there are very few Topol-M. Most of their nukes are submarine loaded, just like USA, France, UK, so it’s not about Russian ground launched ballistic missiles but about the same ones Russia deploys her ABMs in the Caucasus area 😉 Let’s say that we ALL don’t trust some countries either copying Chinese/NoKo designs or buying… Read more »

Kagbaranen Zoranen
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Kagbaranen Zoranen

The problems of Russia are driven by one man with excessive quest for power and stupid fame. Russian assertions are really unthinkable and it has been observed that any time Russia accuses US of any thing, know for certain that Russia is already guilty of same thing….. Always full of threat only to US and its perceived friends.
If there will ever be the 3rd ww, then Russia should be held responsible

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Daeshbags-Sux

+++ “The deployment of missile defense systems near our borders creates a powerful strike potential for the US enabling it to deliver a surprise [the attacked party won’t be able to strike in response] missile and nuclear strike on Russia,” ===> Ridiculous! Most of Russia’s nuclear missiles are onboard submarines, hiding under Arctic’s ice-pack! No way to figure out where they do exactly are, even those moving under blue-waters are very difficult to spot, same thing for the containerised ballistic missiles moving on trains or trucks all around Russia… And why the fück USA/NATO would want to nuke Russia? This… Read more »

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Daeshbags-Sux

Oh, BTW, does Lt. Gen.Viktor Poznikhir knows what double-standards means? Whatabout Russia’s anti-ballistic missiles? A-135 (NATO: ABM-3 Gorgon) anti-ballistic missile system range : 350-900km, ceiling : 350-900km; Mach 7, silo launched; 10 kilotons nuclear warhead Still in use, to be replaced by S-500 : S-200D “Dubna” (SA-5c), 25 kilotons nuclear warhead, range 400 km, ceiling 40 km, “slaved” to S-300/400 command posts. A-235 PL-19 Nudol. Anti-ballistic/anti-satellite Replaces A-135. Mobile launchers. The A-235 has missiles capable of operating at three different ranges: long-range, based on the 51T6 and capable of destroying targets at distances up to 1500 km, at altitudes up… Read more »

Kagbaranen Zoranen
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Kagbaranen Zoranen

Megalomania is Russia ‘s problem. The wicked runneth when no one pursueth him.

Leo Gjata
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Leo Gjata

Hey Douchebag I am convinced you are quite knowledgeable about military hardware, but I don’t see the Russians deploying missile systems in Mexico and Canada..