The Russians: decimated by demographics; people poisoned by polonium; maddened by missile defense.
On the whole, I can say that the main problem remains unsolved. It is the problem of sane, coherent and verifiable guarantees that the American system of missile defense that would be deployed in Europe would not target the Russian strategic potential.
So sane, coherent, and verifiable is preferred to insane, incoherent, and unverifiable? Gotcha.
Of course Rogozin wants to self-define sane, coherent, and verifiable. While it’s possible his definitions (basically, anything that is beneficial to Russia) may meet yours, it’s also quite possible your results may vary.
So what’s a good Russian to do? How about some strategic saber-rattling?
Russia would deploy the new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 2018 to replace the world’s most powerful Voevoda (NATO code name Satan) ICBM, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.
The missile, which is to be produced in the Urals’ town of Miass, would be a completely new rocket and not just a clone of the Voevoda, former head of Russian Strategic Forces, General Colonel Victor Yesin said.
According to the general, the missile of the fifth generation will be capable to reliably get over any anti-missile defense shield, including the space-based one.
I think I see a pattern here. The reality is that Russia is terrified of missile defense.
First, Russia tries to treaty-link arms control (New START and anything else that will be proposed) to missile defense. Next, they scream to be a “partner” in a missile defense system with kill-switch/veto authority. Third, they threaten to deploy more warheads and delivery systems unless they get their way on missile defense. Finally, they trot out a man wearing a uniform to announce a magical and nonsensical paper rocket which they will perhaps be willing to not put into production in order to extract the missile defense concessions Russia really wants.
Sad, ain’t it?