Russia and us - one thinks big the other doesn't
DrMarty | October 19, 2011 at 03:15 amby
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http://rt.com/politics/missile-defense-earth-nato-085/): In a move to overcome the Russia-U.S. deadlock over the missile defense, Moscow has reportedly come up with a new initiative: a global system to guard against missiles as well as asteroids and other threats from space.... The idea was put forward by Dmitry Rogozin, Moscows envoy to NATO, writes the daily [Kommersant], citing diplomatic sources. The package of proposals has yet to be formalized. The idea has been nicknamed Strategic Defense of Earth as an allusion to The Strategic Defense Initiative better known as Star Wars suggested by former US President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The costly and highly-criticized plan for ground and space-based systems intended to make America invulnerable to nuclear attacks. The point of the Russian Star Wars initiative is to focus on fighting threats coming from space rather than just missiles. The Washington-backed missile defense shield is customized purely for countering missiles launched somewhere in the Middle East, a source told Kommersant. Moscow proposes a different approach. It would be an integration of anti-aircraft, missile and space defenses. Thereby, the system would be targeted against possible threats to Earth coming from space, including asteroids, comet fragments, and other alien bodies, the source is cited as saying. The system should be capable of both monitoring the space and destroying any dangerous objects as they approach our planet.... According to the paper, President Dmitry Medvedev showed interest in the proposals and instructed Dmitry Rogozin and presidential aide Sergey Prikhodko to work further on the initiative.
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