Declassified: How 1990s Russia almost became part of a US alliance

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January 22 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

In the 1990s, American President George Bush Snr  seriously considered the option of including Russia in the Strategic Defense Initiative (SOI) program, also known as  ‘Star Wars’, as its partner. This is reported with reference to the newly declassified documents of the British government.

The Bush administration was ready to share strategic military technologies and defense systems with Moscow. The US president planned to discuss this issue with Boris Yeltsin after the meeting in Camp David in 1992, where the end of the cold war was officially announced.

Washington believed that Yeltsin has “an entirely new approach and the desire to cooperate,” said Stephen Wall, who then served as advisor to the British Prime Minister.

The documents of the British government expressed fears that such cooperation could end in “complex issues for global security.”

Later documents state that Washington “has diminished its ambitions” in terms of cooperation with Russia in the field of strategic developments.

The United States announced the creation of the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983. The program envisaged the creation of a global missile defense system with space based elements. The project was canceled at development stage, as it was considered obsolete and unreasonably expensive.

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