Obama vs Putin: Whose Missiles Are Bigger - Europe Must Prepare Itself

06 May 2015

By Markaz Kavkaz

Obama, in an interview with MSNBC, said that Iran would not be able to protect its nuclear facilities from attacks using missile systems S-300 of Russian production, their presence is not an obstacle to America.

Last week, Russian Defence Ministry said that the contract would be prepared within a month and all S-300s would be delivered to Iran by the end of the year.

"Our military budget is slightly less than 600 billion dollars. Them little more than 17 billion dollars. Even if they get a little anti-aircraft missile systems, if we need we can get around them", belives Obama.

On April 13, Putin signed a decree authorizing the delivery to Iran of S-300s. The decision to suspend the execution of this contract, which had already been signed and entered into force, Putin accepted voluntarily in September 2010 in support of the consolidated efforts of the international six (five permanent members of the UN SC group and Germany) on negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

On April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland the six ended the round of talks with Iran and stated a considerable progress, so Putin decided that at this stage the need for this kind of embargo had completely disappeared.

It is to be recalled that, according to some experts, the presence in Iran of old Soviet system S-300s can protect against possible air strikes. Thus, analysts predict, Putin is trying to provoke a major war in the Middle East, which would help Russia in its aggressive plans towards dominance over Europe.

Europe must prepare itself for nuclear war with Russia

This was said at a meeting organized by the largest political group in the European Parliament - the European People's Party - by the leaders of the party.

News portal Euractiv mentioned in an article, entitled EU should tell Russia that it is ready to go to war, provided details of the last meeting of the European People's Party (EPP), the largest faction in the European Parliament.

According to Euractiv, deputies said that Russia had become the EU's adversary and that its next target would be the Baltic states, Transnistria, and warned of "of putting to the test the West's credibility".

"Time of talk and persuasion [vis--vis Russia] is over. Now it's time for tough policy, realistic policy, and concentration on defence and security, because the eastern flank of the EU feels vitally, existentially threatened", said the MEP, Vice-President of the EPP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

According to Romanian MEP Cristian Dan Preda, a majority of Romanians believe Putin will not stop and will try to capture Transnistria.

MEP Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Martens Centre, the EPP think tank, regretted that so far Europe's readiness for war was not discussed publicly.

"That needs to change [] We have to make clear that yes, we are willing to go to war, for what we consider existential principles of Europe's future", he said.

"In Germany at the moment, nuclear deterrence by NATO consists of 20 rusting free-fall bombs, of the B-61 type, that can be wiped out with one strike of the Russian forces. These are things where we have to change, we have to shape up", Freudenstein said.

According to him, Western leaders should tell the Russians "Yes we hear you, we understand what you are saying, we just believe it's completely wrong".

EPP is the largest political group in the European Parliament, the party nominated Jean-Claude Juncker for President of the European Commission. EPP has the support of some of the important European leaders, notably German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 



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