The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia warns Poland that it may become a priority target for Russia in the event the USA deploys elements of its missile defense system on the territory of this East European nation. To put it in a nutshell, Russia may strike a nuclear blow on Poland, which is possible after the recent change of the Russian Federation defense doctrine.
“The USA is busy with its own missile defense system; it does not intend to defend Poland at this point. Poland lays itself open to attack giving the USA a permission to deploy the system. The country may become an object of Russia’s reaction. Such targets are destroyed in the first instance,” Anatoly Nogovitsin, Russia’s Deputy Chief of Staff said commenting the recent agreement regarding the deployment of the US missile defense system in Poland.
Nogovitsin stated that Russia may use nuclear weapons in cases as stipulated by the defense doctrine.
“It clearly states that we can use nuclear weapons against the countries possessing nuclear weapons, against allies of such countries, if they somehow support them, and against those countries, which deploy other countries’ nuclear weapons on their territories. Poland is aware of it,” the general said.
In the meantime, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added more fuel to the fire upon her arrival in Tbilisi, Georgia. She said that Washington would be ready to sign the missile defense agreement with Warsaw in the nearest future, ITAR-TASS reports.
Poland ’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that Poland had completed the talks with the USA and agreed upon the conditions of the deployment of the US missile defense system elements on its territory.
The agreement stipulates the deployment of 96 Patriot missiles and 110 members of the personnel. The US permanent military reservation will be deployed in Poland by 2012.
Interceptor missiles will appear in Poland on the outskirts of the town of Slupsk. The agreement also stipulates USA’s assistance to Poland in case the latter faces a threat from third countries.
It is worthy of note that Polish President Lech Kaczynski set off to Georgia Tuesday along with the leaders of Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine to participate in the meeting of solidarity. All of the presidents, including Mr. Kaczynski, delivered anti-Russian speeches at the meeting. The Polish president particularly stated that Russia had shown its true face and committed criminal actions.
Russia ’s Dmitry Medvedev stated in July that US missiles in Poland would only aggravate the situation.
“Russia will have to respond; the EU and the USA have been warned,” the Russian president said.