The Guardian June 26, 2002


Threat to national security of Russia

Statement of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of Russian Federation (CC CPRF)

Russia's position in the world is rapidly deteriorating. The foreign 
policy of President Putin and oligarchs who stand behind him threatens the 
very existence of the country. Reliable allies have been sold out. Russian 
bases in Vietnam and Cuba vital for our country's security have been 
closed. American soldiers have appeared in Central Asia and in Georgia. 
Soon US aircraft will land at the airfields of Latvia, Lithuania and 
Estonia. The CIS and Russia have already been proclaimed the sphere of US 
vital interests. The strategic encirclement of Russia is being completed 
with the full consent of Mr Putin and his team.

Russia's defence capability is being purposefully undermined. The policy of 
the Putin-Kasyanov regime makes it impossible to maintain combat readiness 
of the armed forces even at a minimum level.

Under the pretext of its reduction, the army is being openly destroyed. The 
size of our army will soon go down to that of Turkey, which unlike the 
Russian Army, is equipped with modern weapons.

Our army has not received new weapons for 10 years. The Navy is being 
destroyed. Today military pilots have no fuel for training, and the Navy  
for sea exercises.

For the first time in the history of Russia, officers' privileges earned 
for protecting the Motherland with their lives, have been taken away.

The pride of our space research  the orbital station Mir  was drowned. 
In Baikonur the world's largest space engineering testing complex 
collapsed.

The special services of the USA and their allies penetrate freely all 
corners of the country. They are trying to infiltrate their agents of 
influence into the power structures of Russia. Pro-American forces are 
openly seeking control over the Foreign Ministry, the army and security 
services.

The present Russian leadership does not need either honest security 
services or a strong national army. They need mercenaries able to suppress 
any protest of the dispossessed people. Military "reform" moves in this 
direction. Here the interests of the ruling groups of Russia and the USA 
completely coincide.

The West has no need to occupy our territory, as the Russian authorities 
prepare to sell land to foreigners. The USA has no need to bomb our 
factories, for the "reformers" have already strangled whole industries and 
continue to sell the rest of state property at miserable prices.

America has no need to intimidate our people, as the Russian TV has become 
a weapon for moral decomposition of society and of psychological terror.

The elections in our country have turned into a farce and are needed only 
to consolidate the rule of the anti-Russian forces.

The planned sale of power stations and railroads will result in the loss of 
Russia's sovereignty. Washington has no need to push the Kremlin to new 
destructive "reforms". An extremely radical approach has prevailed there 
anyway.

The class character of the Putin-Kasyanov regime serving a tiny layer of 
oligarchs who seized public property is quite obvious. And the servile 
attitude of the present residents of the Kremlin to Bush confirms their 
readiness to serve global financial and speculative capital.

America does not hide its pursuit of world domination. But presently it is 
blocked by the existence of Russia with its powerful missile and nuclear 
potential. This is why Bush is so persistently "courting" Putin who is 
visibly turning into a dependent junior partner and is willingly 
encouraging US global ambitions.

The treaty on the reduction of strategic potentials signed by Bush and 
Putin is a program for the unilateral nuclear disarmament of Russia.

One thousand five hundred warheads, which Russia will be allowed to have, 
is exactly the number that the US Anti-Ballistic Missile system will be 
able to intercept.

Destructive privatisation of Russian factories, which are still able to 
produce modern arms, is being prepared, while the scientific base of 
Russia's strategic defence has already been almost completely destroyed.

At the same time US power is fast growing. The American military budget for 
2003 will reach the astronomical figure of US$400 billion.

The USA will retain almost intact their nuclear forces. Simultaneously they 
have started to develop their Anti-Ballistic missile system. American 
weapons will appear in space and they will then be directed at "unfriendly" 
countries and peoples. New systems of the precision weapon are being 
developed.

The USA is determined to protect their interests by global domination of 
their armed forces. As a matter of fact America already conducts a war 
against the world, imposing its standards, and blackmailing peoples.

The USA has proclaimed "pariah" states countries [that are] friendly to us 
such as Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Northern Korea and Syria, and is preparing 
to attack them.

Russia is one of main targets of this war. The USA has publicly declared 
that Russia together with China and a number of other countries are still 
targeted by the American nuclear forces.

The completely false partnership of the White House and the Kremlin in the 
struggle against "international terrorism" (as a rule sponsored by secret 
services) in no way reduces the animosities of the West towards our 
country.

The military superiority of the USA is rapidly growing; the security of 
Russia is as rapidly deteriorating. Drastic weakening and eventual 
destruction of Russian nuclear forces will open way to unrestrained US 
state terrorism directed against the entire world.

The planned admission to NATO of Baltic and East European countries 
presents a great danger to Russia. NATO armies will reach the borders of 
Russia. The tragedy of June 1941 again becomes possible.

Nazi Germany's aggression against the USSR was preceded by the enslavement 
of Eastern Europe and invasion of heroic Yugoslavia. Today this scenario 
repeats itself, almost completely.

Creation of the Russia-NATO Council is a deceit needed to deprive Russia of 
the will to challenge the new expansion of the Alliance to the East.

In this "council" Russia will have no voice on any serious issue. At the 
same time NATO will get the right to interfere in the internal affairs of 
Russia.

The unnatural union of Kremlin with NATO worsens our relations with China, 
India, Arab countries and the Muslim world. It alienates countries of Latin 
America and Africa. It creates preconditions for dragging Finland and other 
neutral states into NATO.

Major decisions in the military-strategic area were made by the Kremlin 
without consulting brotherly Byelorussia. This contradicts the spirit and 
the letter of the treaty for the creation of the allied state.

The total passiveness of Putin while facing an approaching catastrophe 
confirms the loss of state will, his inability to protect Russia's 
interests.

We condemn the treaty on reduction of strategic potentials and the 
agreement on partnership with NATO as sharply weakening the security of 
Russia.

Our security cannot be ensured without removal from power of the present 
ruling group. We demand the formation of a government of national interests 
capable of uniting people and taking the country out of the deep crisis. We 
call on all citizens of Russia to express their will on this issue, vital 
for each person, for each family.

In the history of Russia, more than once there were times when it faced 
mortal danger: "Vague time" with Polish warlords in the Kremlin; Napoleon's 
invasion and Hitler's aggression. Each time Russia came out of the ordeals 
revived and stronger.

In the 20th century the Soviet Union led by the Communist Party became the 
world power that ensured not only its own security but also the balance of 
forces in the world.

Our banners are covered with unfading Victories. We believe in Russia. We 
are convinced that it will liberate itself from the yoke of global capital 
and its stooges, and will restore its role in the world.

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