Recent years have witnessed the destructive and provocative activity of the United States in the field of missile defense limited by the Cold War-era agreements. The deployment of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System in Eastern Europe has increased tension between Washington and Moscow. This step of the White House pushes the Kremlin to taking the measures which impact the European security dramatically. The USA and Russia are like two boxers in the ring and there is no ability to break a clinch. Even worse that Europe is between these fighters and takes all punches both from the left and from the right.
The American vision of the conflict
According to the Pentagon officials, the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System was designed to protect Poland and other members of the Alliance from any type of (ballistic) missiles deployed outside the Euro-Atlantic region, such as the Iranian ones. However, despite the Iranian deal in 2015, the U.S. missile defense program wasn’t cut or shut down. On the contrary, Washington continued developing and increasing its capabilities in this sphere. Besides, the number of military exercises and missile trainings in Europe has also risen up sharply. It can be assumed that such military exercises are rather aimed at deterrence of Russia than any other potential country. But there have been increasingly frequent statements among the U.S. officials that the Ballistic Missile Defense System in Europe doesn’t pose any threat to Russia. However, it doesn’t take an expert to realize such statements are completely divorced from the reality. Every effort of Washington to build up its nuclear capabilities on the European mainland is based not on the policy of nuclear deterrence or protection, but on strengthening its positions in the world to conduct the dialogue with Russia from a position of strength. Such measures extremely undermine world stability and welfare.
The Russian vision of the conflict
In return, Russia strongly stands for its interests on the world stage. The ongoing military exercises and deployments of missile defense systems along its borders left no doubt for the Russians that NATO’s actions led by the U.S. are directed against their country. The experience of WWI and WWII has clearly demonstrated the unpredictability, self-abnegation and in some ways insanity of the Russians. There’s no doubt that the Kremlin would take extreme measures and apply a whole nuclear arsenal, even if the “Motherland” suffered from this. There is a well-known saying in Russia “Russians don’t surrender”. Conducting the dialogue with such opponents from a position of strength is useless and even dangerous. It looks like the White House doesn’t understand this fact.
The European solution of the conflict
Still, the prudence of the European community, perhaps, plays the key role in dealing with the situation. In a failed attempt to preserve the title of a dominant state, America uses all its media resources for conducting a knowingly false propaganda in order to convince the international community and the Russians themselves that the NATO infrastructure including U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System next to Russia’s borders is not an issue at all. Russia in its turn just responds to all incoming threats appropriately, thereby defending its position and keeping its territorial integrity safe, and it will not change its decision. Ultimately, slowly but surely things are going to the unleashing the WWIII – the final war waged with weapons of mass destruction. If Eastern European leaders have to recognize the mythic nature of such a phenomenon as “the Russian aggression” and demand Washington to remove the missiles defense systems from its territory, then the humanity has still got a chance to survive.
Goran Lompar is a free journalist and postgraduate at University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro.