Recently, cruise missiles have been the subject of discussion in the debate on security policy. The Americans threaten to deploy cruise missiles equipped with nuclear warheads in Europe in response to the alleged violation of the INF Treaty by Moscow. It is reported by Joinfo.ua referring to Der Spiegel.
This week, the Russian nuclear plans, as well as a possible response to them will be the topic for discussion at the meeting of defense ministers of NATO member countries to be held in Brussels. It is an old reflex of the Cold War – to respond to Russia's sabre-rattling with arms escalation. However, there's a dangerous illusion behind it: there is no return to the stability, provided in Europe due to nuclear parity. Constant comparison to the era of the Cold War doesn't let us see the fundamental changes that have occurred in Europe and in the world since that time.
On the one hand, today's Russia feels humiliated by the defeat in the Cold War and, as well feels itself at risk due to the expansion of NATO. On the one hand, Moscow's nuclear plans are force showing off, but on the other hand, they are a reaction to NATO's supremacy in Europe in the field of conventional arms.
The West should have no illusions – deterrent mode will not work with this cornered, aggressive and nationalist Russia.