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Moscow's bluff hides the realization that it is almost impotent in the face of NATO. Yesterday's stormy meeting of the CIS (4/1/99) revealed that. In response to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the Chairman of Russia's General Staff Anatoly Kvashin said that Moscow no longer rules out launching a preemptive nuclear strike against a potential enemy. He said "If it comes to a matter of whether Russia will exist or not, then everything the military has, including nuclear weapons, should be used." Obviously, NATO is not threatening Russia's existence.
Ronald Hilton - 04/02/99