Wise Up Journal

By Harry de Quetteville and Andrew Pierce

Russia threatened a nuclear strike against Poland after a landmark deal to site American global anti-missile shields in the country.

Only 24 hours after the weapons agreement was signed Russia’s deputy chief of staff warned Poland “is exposing itself to a strike 100 per cent”.

General Anatoly Nogovitsyn said that any new US assets in Europe could come under Russian nuclear attack with his forces targeting “the allies of countries having nuclear weapons”.

He told Russia’s Interfax news agency: “By hosting these, Poland is making itself a target. This is 100 per cent certain. It becomes a target for attack. Such targets are destroyed as a first priority.”

The stand off between the two cold War powers was underlined by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who dismissed US claims that the silo is a deterrent against ‘rogue states’ like Iran as “a fairy tale”. He told reporters at the Black Sea resort of Sochi: “The deployment of new missile defence facilities in Europe is aimed against the Russian Federation.”

President George W. Bush in a brief but pointed statement earlier in the day said: “Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century.”

Poland and the United States reached the agreement, on siting 10 interceptor missiles capable of destroying incoming long-range ballistic missiles. Washington says the system is designed to protect the US and its allies from “rogue states” such as Iran. Moscow’s fears the missile shield makes Russia a target of the United States.

Radek Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister, told The Daily Telegraph the new US missile shield deal, and its timing, was unrelated to Georgia. “It [the deal] is a coincidence,” he said.

Donald Tusk, the Polish prime minister, hinted that the US had pledged to back Warsaw in the event of Russian aggression towards Poland.

Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian president, who was standing next to Miss Rice, said: “We were screaming to the world that Russia was going to do this…We are looking evil directly in the eye – this evil is very dangerous not only for us but for everybody.”

How did the US-educated lawyer and Georgian president, who lead the 2003 revolution to depose the previous president, know Russia would do this? Let’s look at a Tribune article from the 8th of August to remind us who started this war, Russia or U.S. NATO backed Georgia? “Georgian officials denied firing on Russian peacekeepers in the area during their offensive in South Ossetia. Georgian troops had earlier launched a massive attack to regain control of breakaway South Ossetia.”

Irish Independent
by Catherine Philp and Tony Halpin in Tbilisi

War fears as Poland warned of nuclear hit

Gen Anatoli Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of the general staff in Moscow, said that Russian military doctrine sanctioned the use of nuclear weapons “against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them”, as Poland had done in signing the deal.

At a tense press conference with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia attacked the timing of the deal, saying that it exposed the “fairytale” that the shield was a defence against rogue states. “The deployment of new anti-missile forces has as its aim the Russian Federation,” he said.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had flown to Tbilisi[…]

Dr Rice[…] with a reluctant Mr Saakashvili, who gambled and lost when he sent his troops to put down pro-Russian separatists in South Ossetia, sparking a full-scale Russian invasion.

Dr Rice said it was time to discuss the consequences of what Russia had done.

“This calls into question what role Russia really plans to play in international politics,” she said.

The Czech Republic has already signed an agreement to host the radar although parliament there must ratify it.

Russia has vehemently opposed placing the shield installations in central Europe, saying they would threaten its security and upset the post-cold war balance of power in Europe.