The United States will be completed in 2020, unilateral anti-missile system deployment in Europe
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Night Song China Global Times special correspondent reports, according to Russia’s “Kommersant” reported on October 19, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, General Secretary October 12, O’Reilly speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington announced that, despite Russia’s repeated protests, but the U.S. is not ready to give up European missile defense system construction project, regardless of whether NATO anti-missile system on the building of a unified Europe to reach an agreement, the United States will continue unilateral deployment of interceptor missiles planned in four stages, and in 2020 all over.
Atlantic Council in Washington October 12, the organization held a special seminar, focusing on the NATO summit in Lisbon on the eve of the transatlantic missile defense system and to deploy anti-missile shield in Europe, exploring the United States and its NATO allies in the Pan build anti-missile system in Europe within the framework of future strategy, details of the meeting until the last weekend before known to the public. The main topic of this seminar is the need for the United States and other NATO countries, above all, Russia’s support for their plan, or Washington could unilaterally implement European anti-missile system construction projects. Several U.S. government officials attended the meeting unanimously stressed that other countries can not influence the position of White House plans to build anti-missile system in Europe. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Ross said: “As for Russia, and Moscow, we certainly want to negotiate, but no matter how the Russian point of view, we are not prepared to change our plans.”
U.S. Missile Defense Agency Secretary Traore Washington-Lee describes in detail the anti-missile system deployment plan. He pointed out that Obama’s anti-missile system in 2009 approved the deployment plan should be achieved in four stages: the first stage should end in 2012, mainly in the active duty U.S. Navy warship deployed sea-based interceptor missiles and radar systems; then In 2015 within the framework of the second phase, the deployment is currently being tested in Europe, mainly used to intercept short-range sea-and land-based missile systems; the third stage, in 2018, and ships on the base mounting long-range missiles to destroy the “standard -3 Block IIA” system; U.S. military plans to deploy anti-missile completed by 2020, mainly used to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles to add “standard-3Block IIB” system.
O’Reilly General stressed that Washington create a European missile defense system’s main task is to protect the troops stationed in Europe, should be able to ensure that the intercept range of 1,000 km to 5,500 km range missile, the foundation will be used for intercept ballistic missiles, “Aegis” system has been assembled in the U.S. Navy’s 21 warships, these systems should be fully implemented in the next 10 years, modern improvements, while ensuring completion of 50 missiles to intercept the enemy task. In addition, the European anti-missile system to intercept the layout also includes a similar “Scud” missiles, THAAD missile defense system, and the latest “Patriot” PAC-3 system.
O’Reilly did not answer the European anti-missile system deployment project-specific costs, but that next year the U.S. military anti-missile project budget allocated $ 9.9 billion, of which $ 1,340,000,000 shall be for the deployment of short-range interceptor missiles 21.6 million for “Aegis” system. Even if the NATO allies want to join the U.S. anti-missile system will not reduce spending. The United States also agreed to prepare the beginning of the NATO initiative to build multi-theater NATO ballistic missile defense system into their own anti-missile system, and are willing to assume its running costs. O’Reilly stressed that, regardless of whether European countries built their own anti-missile system, the United States will continue to deploy its own missile defense systems. He said: “our NATO allies to decide whether, to what extent they are willing to join in the defense system construction. And we will not ask them to purchase additional types of weapons and equipment, as equipment has been added.”
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had admitted, whether to accept the U.S. proposal to build anti-missile system in Europe, there are differences within NATO, the Lisbon summit, member states prepared to final agreement on this issue. Experts believe that NATO’s final decision will be depend on the position of Turkey, the United States plans to deploy a missile defense in the soil within the radar system, but the soil of Iran’s dissatisfaction with the authorities worried that there has been no formal agreement. Also Russia is still the United States to establish a European missile defense system’s main opponents, accusing each other near the Russian border in the area directly build anti-missile system threatens Russia’s national security.