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Russians Worried About Alaska Anti-Missile Site

Thursday, 27 September 2001 12:00 AM

Others, however, say that Russia's own serious concerns about terrorism will keep it in the fold.

In the works is a command center and five silos at Fort Greely that would be used to launch rockets against incoming enemy missiles in the upper atmosphere.

The Pentagon plans to use the site initially for anti-missile testing, but eventually might declare Fort Greely a working national missile defense site as early as 2004, according to James Dao, writing in Wednesday's New York Times.

And that has made the Russians very unhappy. They have said they would view the construction of any missile silos at Fort Greely as a violation of the Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty, a pact Moscow views as the cornerstone of current arms control policy.

Critics say the Fort Greely base endangers Russian support for U.S. use of its airspace for relief missions and its backing for the possible basing of American troops or aircraft in the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on the Afghan border.

"If we move ahead to do something the Russians very clearly object to, it cannot help but impact their attitude on our requests," Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman and now director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, told the Times. "They will be less supportive, less enthusiastic."

Others, however, say that if the administration succeeds in making Russia an ally in the war against terrorism, it could make it easier to win Moscow's endorsement for the U.S. anti-missile defense program later.

"The Russians themselves will have to worry about terrorism, perhaps terrorism involving long-range ballistic missiles," Stephen P. Rosen, director of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard, told the Times.

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