M MOSCOW, December 13 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. intention to unilaterally
secede from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty does
not pose a military threat to Russia, a leading Russian parliamentary
activist said here Thursday.
The scale and capacities of our strategic forces are such that
within the next few decades neither Americans nor anybody else
will be able to design a shield for counteracting our abilities
from the point of view of strategic security and defense,"
Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko bloc faction in the State
Duma, told the Ekho Moskvy Radio.
However, he did not have "pleasant feelings about such action
by the Americans." The decision cannot be described "as
the step of a partner, especially as we have become closer in
the anti-terrorist coalition," Yavlinsky said.
In this situation, Russia should seek new forms of strategic stability
and cooperation with the United States, the legislator remarked.
He called for the signing of a new agreement with the United States,
Great Britain, France and "possibly, China."
It is also necessary to design a Russia-Europe anti-missile tactical
system, using Russia's territory, tactical and military capacities,
including S-300 and S-400 missile technologies, Yavlinsky said.
"This umbrella" will bring colossal investments to the
Russian defense industry, he said.