The Telegraph reports on the absurd missile defense demand made by Sergey Ivanov, the Russian deputy prime minister.
“We insist on only one thing,” he said of the nascent US-backed missile defence shield. “That we are an equal part of it.”
“In practical terms, that means that our office will sit for example in Brussels and agree on a red-button push to launch an interceptor missile, regardless of whether the missile is launched from Poland, Russia or the UK.”
Hmm. Sergey may be thinking about the reset button. If Russia wants a red-button or the launch keys to the kingdom, they’re welcome to develop and fund it their own, along with their own national-level missile warning and intercept systems. Think that’ll happen? Me neither.
Negotiations commonly entail the participative parties establishing non-ridiculous positions and tend to be marked by give and take. Given that Russia has little to nothing to negotiate with (other than bluster or a U.S. desire for ongoing “reset”), staking out an absurd position perhaps reveals their powerlessness.
What could Russia offer that would indicate seriousness on the issue of shared missile defense?