Generalul Nikolai Makarov, seful statului major al armatei ruse, crede ca exista riscul unui razboi nuclear, care ar putea izbucni din cauza unor eventuale conflicte la granitele Rusiei.
"Posibilitatea unor conflicte armate locale de-a lungul intregului perimetru al granitei a crescut dramatic. Nu exclud ca, in anumite circumstante, conflictele locale si regionale s-ar putea transforma intr-un razboi pe scara larga, posibil chiar si cu arme nucleare",
a spus Makarov, potrivit agentiei Interfax, citata de Russia Today.
El spune ca riscul e mare din cauza faptului ca NATO s-a extins tot mai mult spre granitele Rusiei, desi promisesera liderilor URSS, stat al carei succesoare e Rusia, ca nu vor face acest lucru. Makarov a numit acest lucru "o inselaciune".
"La momentul retragerii (fortelor regimului de la Moscova -n.red.) din Europa de Est, secretarul general al NATO a promis URSS ca poate fi increzatoare ca NATO nu se va extinde dincolo de granitele sale curente. Premierul Vladimir Putin a spus intr-un comentariu anterior 'Si unde e NATO acum?'. I-am intrebat pe oficialii NATO. Nu au nimic de spus. Ne-au inselat in cel mai grosolan mod".
Cu toate astea, Makarov a laudat tratatul START III, semnat de Rusia cu SUA si care prevede o reducerea semnificativa a arsenalelor nucleare ale celor doua tari, considerand ca astfel s-a crescut nivelul de securitate al lumii.
Cel mai inalt oficial al armatei ruse a mai spus si ca Rusia poate iesi usor din acest tratat, in anumite conditii, dand ca exemplu "problema europeana antiracheta".
The danger of local armed conflicts along Russia's borders exploding into full-scale nuclear war has grown following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s chief of staff said on Thursday.
General Nikolai Makarov told the Russian Public Chamber there is a dangerous level of mistrust with former Soviet states that border the country.
"The possibility of local armed conflicts virtually along the entire perimeter of the border has grown dramatically," Makarov said. “I cannot rule out that, in certain circumstances, local and regional armed conflicts could grow into a large-scale war, possibly even with nuclear weapons.”
Makarov mentioned NATO’s steady encroachment toward Russia’s borders as one of the key reasons for the heightened level of mistrust in the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
"Almost all countries formerly belonging to the Warsaw Pact have become NATO members, and the Baltic States that were earlier a part of the USSR have also joined the alliance,” Russia’s top military official said.
Moscow has often criticized the western military bloc for going back on its word not to expand following the collapse of the USSR.
"At time of the withdrawal from Eastern Europe, the NATO Secretary General promised the USSR it could be confident that NATO would not expand beyond its current boundaries," Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in a past comment. "So where is it now?” I asked them [the NATO officials]. They have nothing to say. They deceived us in the rudest way.”
Meanwhile, the comments by Chief of Staff Makarov did contain a silver lining in the nuclear cloud.
Speaking on the prospects of the New START treaty, signed by President Dmitry Medvedev and his US counterpart Barack Obama, Makarov was optimistic.
"The previous START treaty was flawed, but there were attempts to extend it,” he said. “The new START is the first treaty that satisfies us.”
On the US missile defense system planned for Eastern Europe, the Russian general said the new START gives Moscow the flexibility its new defense measures require.
“This treaty gives us the ability to secede in certain cases,” he said, specifically mentioning the “European missile defense problem” as a national security threat that could force Moscow to breach the treaty.
Robert Bridge, RT
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