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The anti-missile shield postponed sine die?

(B2) “We must try to have stable relations with Russia and avoid creating problems that are not necessary”. This statement from a high-ranking diplomat, well versed in defense issues, contrasts sharply with the ordinary caution of Europeans when asked about the anti-missile shield. We were a few journalists around a small table in a room (normally) sheltered from prying ears this afternoon. And the conversation was quite free, of course under cover of anonymity.

The shield will not happen. The diplomat thus frankly explains his feeling (which also seems to be that of the Obama administration, *): this project to install part of an anti-missile shield, in Poland and the Czech Republic, “is not really necessary“. He has not "no technical, economic possibility and no strategic basis". "Et it won't happen !” Of course, we are not going to announce it like that, suddenly. “We are not going to give this gift to the Russians. We will spread the project over time, amend it,to report". "We must stop doing military planning to attack each other” (between Westerners and Russians). This no longer makes sense today... explains this diplomat.

A breach of the 1989 deal. In passing, we mention the agreement made between Russians (Soviets) and Westerners, between the Warsaw Pact and NATO, and German reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A legendary deal to the point that one might wonder if it ever existed. Yes confirms this diplomat, there was indeed a “deal but oral“. Which consisted for the Soviets of a withdrawal of their troops from East Germany (and other Eastern countries), their acceptance of German reunification and therefore the integration of the eastern part of Germany into NATO. And for Westerners “not as has been said – to a neutralization of the former Eastern European countries – with a ban on their joining NATO. But a commitment that east of Berlin there will be no NATO infrastructure and forces” fixed. “This commitment has so far been respected.” There were no “external” troops permanently established in these countries. The Bush-Topolanek-Kaczinski project “constitutes – even if it is not a project (stricto sensu) of NATO but of the Americans, in some way, a violation of the 1989 deal. We can say it” recognizes our interlocutor… (**)

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(*) As well as several politicians, Czech, see Dienstbier, as Polish, see Sikorsky.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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  • Frederic

    With the firing of the Iranian launcher, we will have new developments on the shield.

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