The US Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have successfully shot down a ballistic missile target during a test off the Hawaiian coast, the US government said. The test comes a day after Pyongyang test-launched a ballistic missile over Japan.
Russia is constantly improving its nuclear deterrence and is very close to deploying new technologically-advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles which can defeat any US missile defense systems, a Russian deputy prime minister said in an interview.
The US missile defense system deployed in Alaska and California does not work, suffers from “fundamental flaws,” and endangers the country by encouraging reckless foreign policy, the Union of Concerned Scientists says.
The US strategy in Europe is aimed at strengthening its control over EU and NATO states, selling more military equipment to its European allies to make super-profits for its military-industrial complex and to isolate Russia, political author Diana Johnstone told RT.
By placing missiles in Eastern Europe the US sends a signal that Russia as well as China can’t have a sphere of influence in the region, says political commentator Lawrence Davidson. The only ones who can have power are Washington and its proxies, he added.
Just days after switching on an $800-million missile shield in Romania, the US looks like further incurring the wrath of Russia by holding military drills to “promote regional stability” in the Eastern European nation along with five other nations.