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    Moscow, Beijing 'Stay in Tandem' Against US Anti-Missile Defense Plans

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    Commenting on the US plans to deploy its anti-missile systems in Europe and South Korea with an announced purpose of countering the threats of North Korea and Iran, Russian military experts say the true purpose is to gain military superiority over Russia and China and that Moscow and Beijing have every means to stand against it.

    Washington's decision to deploy its anti-missile defense system in Europe is aimed at gaining military superiority over Russia and China, according to first deputy chief of the General Staff's Main Operational Department, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir.

    He noted that the US intention to deploy the system in Europe has no connection to the much talked about Iranian or North Korean threats. Pyongyang is physically unable to pose any real threat to the West, while it is absolutely irrelevant to talk about the Iranian threat after the agreements reached on its nuclear program.

    The high-ranking military official promised that Russia won’t leave the US plans unanswered and will take adequate measures not to allow the US to alter the balance of strategic armaments.

    Meanwhile Viktor Baranets, a military expert from the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, told Sputnik that the deployment of the US anti-missile system in Europe is part of Washington's geopolitical strategy.

    "The US is undermining the system of global strategic stability to be able to pursue its globalist doctrine of worldwide superiority," he said.

    The deployment of the system in Europe can't but worry Russia as its multipurpose missile launchers of interceptor missiles, which the US is deploying in Romania and Poland, can be used to launch cruise missiles.

    "The claimed range of the missiles of the American "umbrella" was 500 kilometers. However Russian intelligence has specified that it is about 2,000 kilometers. Besides, these missiles can be quickly dismantled and replaced with offensive missiles which can hit land-based targets at a range of 2,500 kilometers," the military expert told Sputnik.

    He further noted that Russia is quite capable of answering the US plan.

    "Russia has missile systems which are able to determine the location of the most powerful computers of the US anti-missile defense system. These are hypersonic nuclear warheads which maneuver height-wise and course-wise," he said.

    Besides this, he added, there are also Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile systems.

    "The US should rapidly understand that it has brought the situation into a strategic stalemate and the way out should be sought not through new anti-missile systems but through dialogue with Moscow at the diplomatic table," the expert said.

    The Americans must also take into account that China intends to answer the missile umbrella as well.

    "China has announced that it intends to create an anti-missile defense which would be aimed at counteracting the shield which the US plans to deploy in South Korea," he said.

    China openly said that if the US system is deployed it will be of great concern to Beijing.

    The expert then said that there is every ground to believe that there is an "anti-American anti-missile tandem" of Moscow and Beijing which can potentially become a serious global force.

    The US has to reckon with it not only in Europe but in the Far East and in the Asian-Pacific region.

    "It gives hope to believe that Moscow and Beijing will spill some cold water of good sense on the American hotheads," the military correspondent finally noted.

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