A military expert said that Australia’s entry into the list of countries possessing nuclear technology, and the presence of US bases in the Indo-Pacific, is disrupting the balance of power not only in the face of China, but also Russia.
The Egyptian military expert, Major General Samir Ragheb, added in an exclusive statement to RT: “No one can imagine that Russia would stand a neutral or spectator position regarding the dramatic strategic developments in the (Indo-Pacific) region, especially since this ocean is a vital ocean and an area of vital interests for the Russian Federation, Russia.” It is linked to agreements with the United States on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, START, INF.
He continued, “Australia’s entry into the list of countries that possess nuclear technology, under American auspices, and the presence of American bases in the (Indo-Pacific) ocean disrupts the balance of power not only in the face of China, but also in the face of Russia. Bilateralism on the part of Russia and international agreements on the part of the international community, and it may push for more Russian-Chinese rapprochement, a prelude to the formation of an eastern alliance camp in the face of the AUKUS alliance.”
Ragheb pointed out that: “There is no doubt that the AUKUS defense deal recently concluded between Australia, the United States and Britain poses a challenge to the non-proliferation regime in the world. The agreement includes the settlement of nuclear technology in Australia with US-British cooperation with Australia, and enables Australia to obtain technology that is banned from all countries, including NATO, with the exception of Britain.
He continued: “It may appear on the horizon that it is related to the Australian submarine deal (from France), but it includes all defense aspects. Australia’s possession of the ability to develop nuclear capabilities for a submarine engine gives it the necessary capabilities to develop other nuclear and conventional defense applications. The agreement also includes arming submarines with missiles.” Tomahawk) cruise, with conventional warheads, but capable of carrying nuclear warheads without any modifications to the submarine or platform, when needed, and which cannot be loaded on conventional powered submarines, as in the case of the French-made submarine deal (for Australia) that was canceled, due to special considerations The range of cruising, the ability to stay underwater for the required period, the weakness of the stealth ability, as well as the weakness of the engines capacity.”
Ragheb stressed that: “Comparing to the American submarines, if we analyze the required specifications, they reflect the work to confront a potential enemy in distant waters, and not to secure or a defensive operation to secure regional waters or vital interests. Okos also included defense cooperation in securing “underwater”, which includes Anti-submarine weapons, early warning devices, underwater detection and tracking, which means having the long arm underwater, while depriving the potential enemy from operating underwater in the potential theater of operations, whether near Australian waters, in international waters (Indo-Pacific) or even in the territorial waters of the enemy likely.”
The military expert added: “The basic rule in dealing with submarines is: if they are discovered, they will be destroyed. “Ocos” also includes the deployment of US bases in Australia that may contain missile launchers capable of reaching a bank of targets in China, whether from submarines or from land platforms, as well. American aircraft, as well as THAAD and Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile batteries to secure the bases and confront any air threats, which will push China to confront these threats, whether by developing missile technology, nuclear warheads, or underwater anti-weapons, while strengthening alliances militarily with friendly countries, or attracting new countries in Southeast Asia to new alliances, including the transfer of Chinese missile and nuclear technology to other countries in its vicinity or in other regions, which means an arms race and a new cold war, and AUKUS is a prelude to an American alliance in the face of a Chinese alliance that will be formed Starting with North Korea and other countries, it may have eastern nuclear states.”
Nasser Hatem – Cairo