Why Russia Hearts New START

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Why does Russia ♥ New START?  It gives them everything they want.

They’re afraid of having their missiles neutered with missile defense, ergo their explicit linkage of missile defense with nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

They’re very happy with their ten to one advantage in tactical nuclear weapons which is unaddressed and will continue as such.

They benefit from the weakened verification protocols versus ‘old’ START.

They can’t afford their existing strategic nuclear inventory as is, so New START gives Russia a PR coup for getting rid of some aged out nuclear inventory they were going to purge anyway.

What’s not to ♥?

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