Putin’s Response to Star Wars 2.0 will Be Different than Gorbachev’s But Just as Destructive of Russia, Portnikov Says

To Inform is to Influence

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Paul Goble

Staunton, August 10 – After US President Ronald Reagan announced his strategic defense initiative, commonly referred to as Star Wars, Soviet leaders first sought to counter it, but then Mikhail Gorbachev realized Moscow couldn’t afford to and began the concessions foreign and domestic that led to the end of the Cold War and the end of the USSR.

That is how Vladimir Putin is likely to view the new American initiative to extend its defense perimeter into space and to cause him to behave in exactly the opposite way than did his Soviet predecessor: spending money Russia doesn’t have and threatening its existence in an even more radical way, Ukrainian commentator Vitaly Portnikov says.

In a comment for Espreso TV, he notes that just as was the case with Reagan’s Star Wars program, “some experts will say that for the time being Trump’s…

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