Kevin Ryan on U.S.-Russia relations

Comrades, we’re in a defensive arms race with Russia — but that isn’t a bad thing
Foreign Policy, Thomas E. Ricks’ “The Best Defense” blog
December 13, 2011
Commentary by: Kevin Ryan, Belfer Center executive director for research and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: U.S.-Russia relations

“It appears that Russia and the United States are about to embark on what may be the most peaceful and productive arms race in history — a defensive arms race.

Russia, the U.S., and NATO have been unable to come to agreement over U.S. missile defense plans for Europe.  Russia views the deployment of U.S. interceptors there as the first step to an eventual capability to negate Russia’s only remaining deterrent to an attack by the West — its nuclear offensive weapons.  Russia has basically three responses it can choose: increase its offensive forces, increase its defensive forces, or do nothing.”

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