Background: Russia's Warnings Concerning NATO and BMD Systems
April 7, 2014 • 9:51PM

Advanced-placement BMD systems encircle Russia and China, fundamentally altering strategic balance

In his recent March 18, 2014 speech at the Kremlin, on Russian-Crimean unification, President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia will not accept being pushed into a corner and threatened. He stated:

"We understand what is happening; we understand that these actions were aimed against Ukraine and Russia and against Eurasian integration. And all this while Russia strived to engage in dialogue with our colleagues in the West. We are constantly proposing cooperation on all key issues; we want to strengthen our level of trust and for our relations to be equal, open, and fair. But we saw no reciprocal steps.

"On the contrary, they have lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an accomplished fact. This happened with NATO's expansion to the East, as well as the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders. They kept telling us the same thing: "Well, this does not concern you." That's easy to say.

"It happened with the deployment of a missile defense system. In spite of all our apprehensions, the project is working and moving forward... Today, we are being threatened with sanctions, but we already experience many restrictions, ones that are quite significant for us, our economy and our nation... In short, we have every reason to assume that the infamous policy of containment, led in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, continues today. They are constantly trying to sweep us into a corner because we have an independent position, because we maintain it, and because we call things as they are and do not engage in hypocrisy. But there is a limit to everything. And with Ukraine, our western partners have crossed the line... Russia found itself in a position it could not retreat from. If you compress the spring all the way to its limit, it will snap back hard. You must always remember this.

Below are a selection of stark warnings that the military and political leadership of Russia have made regarding the advanced-placement missile defense systems on Russia's border and NATO encirclement of Russian territory. As Lyndon LaRouche has warned, any attempt to bluff Russia into conceding its sovereignty to the British Empire will lead to thermonuclear war.