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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin said his country can use nukes to retaliate even against conventional weapons.

When America was still the undisputed world’s superpower this probably would not have happened.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin flexed his oratorical threat muscles while speaking before the Russian State Duma on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Rogozin said that Russia would use its nuclear weapons against the United States to retaliate against any strike against Russia, even if the U.S. strike is one using only conventional weapons.

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Rogozin said that Russian military doctrine makes clear that his country can and will use nuclear weapons “in certain situations to defend our territory and state interests,” and that Russia’s enemies need to be aware of that doctrine.

“We have never diminished the importance of nuclear weapons – the weapon of requital – as the great balancer of chances,” Rogozin said, according to RT, the Russian-based media network.

Rogozin, 50, was speaking to the Duma, the lower house of the Russian legislature, about the development of a Russian response to the American Conventional Prompt Global Strike (PGS) strategy.

The PGS strategy is being developed by the American defense industry, the goal of which is for the U.S. to be able to deliver a precise strike, using conventional weapons, anywhere in the world within an hour.

While the U.S. has not yet completed work on a specific PGS system, Rogozin made it clear that the Russians are focused and determined to be prepared for any American system that becomes operational.

The weapons race is not only back on, it is out in the open.

And this time it appears that Russia may be drawing Iran in under its military wing, as Rogozin’s comments came just after the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, was in Iran for a series of high-level meetings.

Rogozin’s nuclear threats demonstrate an increasing hostility towards the United States as Moscow draws closer to Iran,  the Washington Free Beacon quoted Russian experts as theorizing.

“The timing of Rogozin’s comment is certainly striking,” said Anna Borshchevskaya, a fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy.

“Lavrov just returned from a trip to Iran, which reaffirmed its friendship with Russia,” Borshchevskaya said. “Rogozin in this context comes across not only as stepping up anti-Western rhetoric but as a warning about a strike against Iran, Russia’s ally.”

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

14 COMMENTS

  1. As an Obama supporter from the beginning I just have to gloat. I am SO PROUD of my President! He said we just needed to press the reset button on our relations with Russia. He pressed it and look at that! We've gone from a peace dividend generated by 50 years of bipartisan commitment to the cold war, all the way back to the good old days of Mutual Assured Destruction! Except that now, it's not mutual — cause if we hurt them, they'll destroy us! But since we're the embodiment of a sick society controlled by white male European hegemons, what could be fairer? Just look at the people who control America! Oh, wait . . .

  2. When you have a country that LEADS from behind by an inexperienced, fund raising socialist that has zero military knowledge and the arrogance not to listen to the advice of those who do, this is what you get. Hopefully there are a few critical thinkers left in our government, who, with some great military leadership, will have better sense and more precise strategies that will prevent us from walking off the cliff along with the leadership lemmings.

  3. Gil, Our fearless leader has sent in troops and air power every time it has been necessary! To imply that russia is using this threat because they do not fear President Obama is not only wrong but baseless. This is just russia, who without it's nukes is a second rate power and they want to be reconsidered as a first rate power.

    I wonder where our Israeli brothers stand on this issue, would they defend us if needed, or is it only we who defend them? They are considerably closer (as many of our other allies are,) and could strike back fast if need be.

  4. Gil Gilman guess you really do not know me, I am a progressive and support progressives, however, if a progressive is wrong I admit it and tell that progressive so.

    As for baseless, it is baseless because you have nothing to base your argument on.. What country have you been to where they are against President Obama and his foreign policy? Who do you think is a bonafide specialist on foreign policy?

    What's the sense of having a mutual defense treaty is it only works one way.

  5. Times are a changing. Who would dare to play as senseless with words as the minor Russian Politician? Not in the days of US leaders as Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush Sn./Junior! Indeed, the world at large has lost all respect of the actual Administration in the White House. – The political naïve president has as his most profound capability an oratorical nerve. That said there’s nothing more. His actions are at best pointless without any credibility. Sadly a new Jimmy Carter.

  6. Well, I read your posts every day and have yet to see a post about a progressive who was wrong. I don't have to travel to the middle east to know that the leaders of several countries are concerned about his agreement with Iran I'm not going to turn FB into a you said I said thing. You have a difference of opinion on the matter? so be it. As to specialists, perhaps I would have to see who is running before answering that question, but there are certainly better informed individuals than our president, and his appointments indicate that. Your question about Israel coming to our defense is specious at best. The U. S has bases all over the world. Where would you expect israel launch a support for a war on out continent? On the other hand, I can see Israel coming to out aid if a nuclear strike was launched against us, by way of a retaliatory strike. I have yet to see the Obama administration do anything by way of diplomatic efforts to bolster Israel's standing in the area. Right now they are trying to shove an unworkable peace agreement down Israel's throat, with demands made, but none to the palestinians.

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