- The Russian military on Monday hurled fighting words
at the United States over her pursuit to create and implement a national
anti-ballistic missile system, Tuesday's WASHINGTON POST is reporting.
- POSTIE David Hoffman writes that Russia's first deputy
defense minister Nikolai Mikhailov "told reporters that 'our arsenal
has such technical capabilities' to 'overcome' any antimissile defenses.
'This technology can realistically be used and will be used if the United
States pushes us toward it.'"
- In the past few weeks since the Pentagon successfully
tested its developing anti-missile system over California coastal waters,
the Clinton administration has pursued a diplomatic strategy with Russia
in an attempt to retool the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
- According to Hoffman, the Russian strategy to overcome
America's ABM system would be to "deploy more nuclear warheads atop
its missiles, in the calculation that it could outnumber and penetrate
any defensive shield."
- Mikhailov warned that Russian nuclear warheads could
reach any ABM facility.
- The Clinton administration has stated that it will decide
next Summer whether or not to pursue a limited anti-missile system -- a
move that would force America to either change the 1972 ABM treaty or abandon