The US government’s decision to activate a network of missile systems across Europe may lead to a nuclear war with Russia, an American political analyst says.
The United States on Thursday activated a land-based missile system in Romania, despite Russia’s warning against a systematically increasing US-led arms deployment near its borders.
In an interview with Press TV on Friday, author and radio host Stephen Lendman said Washington was seeking to install “an offensive missile system” capable of delivering different types of warheads in the event of a conflict.
“America wages endless wars, never peace, always wars and Russia absolutely is a US target,” Lendman said.
He described Russia and China as “the final frontiers,” saying that Washington is constantly planning a regime change in the two countries.
Lendman said Washington’s so-called missile shield is a threat to the security of Russia and China, designed to prompt a military response from them.
“My fear is that we are heading for something that could end up becoming a global war and in today’s super weapon era it could be a nuclear war,” the analyst noted.
The war “could be the most devastating war in human history that would have the potential for, literally, ending humanity,” he concluded.
The missiles’ activation marked the penultimate step in the completion of a missile shield, which Washington proposed nearly a decade ago.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly criticized the deployment of US missile system in Eastern Europe near Russia, and vowed to neutralize any threats by the complex against his country’s security.
He also condemned the deployment as a clear violation of arms treaties signed between Russia and the US, adding that it would escalate international tensions.
Putin also criticized Washington for ignoring Russia’s concerns and rejecting Moscow’s calls for cooperation on the issue.
This is while on Friday, US President Barack Obama warned Russia against its “aggressive” military build-up in northern Europe.