Russia’s military chief warns that heightened risks of conflict near borders may turn nuclear
By Associated Press
MOSCOW – Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning nuclear, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday.
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, cautioned over NATO’s expansion eastward and warned that the risks for Russia to be pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply.
Makarov added, according to Russian news agencies, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.”
A steady decline in Russia’s conventional forces has prompted the Kremlin to rely increasingly on its nuclear deterrent.
The nation’s military doctrine says it may use nuclear weapons to counter a nuclear attack on Russia or an ally, or a large-scale conventional attack that threatens Russia’s existence.
Russia sees NATO’s expansion to include former Soviet republics and ex-members of the Soviet bloc in eastern and central Europe as a key threat to Russia’s security.
Makarov specifically referred to NATO’s plans to offer membership to Georgia and Ukraine as potentially threatening Russia’s security.
Russia routed Georgian forces in a brief August 2008 war over a separatist province of South Ossetia.
Moscow later recognized South Ossettia and another breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia as independent states and increased its military presence there.
Russia also considers missile defense plans as another security challenge.
Russia has strongly opposed the U.S.-led missile defense plan, saying it could threaten its nuclear forces and undermine their deterrence potential. Moscow has agreed to consider NATO’s proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been deadlocked over how the system should operate.
Russia has insisted that the system should be run jointly, which NATO has rejected.
Dr. Pinna says:
This apparently political conflict between Russia and Nato is in reality an economic conflict between the oil power of Russia and the Oil Cartels of the West. No one is worried about communism dominating the world, nor of Russia dominating the world.
But Russia wants to sell its oil in Europe and so do the Oil Cartels with headquarters in Europe and the U.S.
Western oil is found in Azerbaijan. The Western oil cartels need a pipeline through Georgia. This oil would compete directly with Russian oil. In order to keep Russia out of Georgia the Western block will admit Georgia into Nato. Not that Georgia belongs in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization but simply to allow the oil cartels to build a pipeline through Georgia.
Russia is not going to allow the oil cartel get away with such an obvious insult. Russia is now pulling out its ultimate weapon: Nuclear Arms. Will the politicos of the West face nuclear warfare in order to sell oil? Since their own lives are at stake, they probably will back away.