Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in this May 9, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
By Huny Badger AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS–
Russia has previously said that they send Iskanders to Kaliningrad, but until now it has said these were routine drills.
Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, said in remarks reported by RIA news agency that Russia was forced to react to the planned U.S. missile shield in eastern Europe.
“As response measures to such threats we will have to deploy additional forces. This reinforcement includes deployment of S-400 and Iskander systems in Kaliningrad,” ~ Viktor Ozerov
Also on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted talking about how Russia has to respond to what it perceives as a threat from U.S.-led forces in eastern Europe.
“Why are we reacting to NATO expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by NATO’s decision making,” RIA quoted him as saying in an interview for a documentary that will be broadcast by Russian TV later on Monday.
“What should we do? We have, therefore, to take countermeasures, which means to target with our missile systems the facilities, that, in our opinion, start posing a threat to us,” Putin said.
Moscow has always stated that the S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems were just routine military drills. Now they admit that this is in direct response to the NATO build up in the area.
Kaliningrad is a parcel of land disconnected from the Russian mainland that sits on the coast of the Baltic sea, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.
Romania and Poland have requested a bolstered NATO presence in their countries in the wake of Russia’s annexation by force of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.
U.S. officials have always maintained that the missile defense shield in Romania is aimed at protecting against a missile threat from Iran. But NATO decided in early 2015 to establish new command-and-control centers in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria by the end of 2016, and those sites are indisputably intended to serve as a warning to an increasingly aggressive Russia that NATO remains resolute in its commitment to defend all members.
Putin views the defense, however — at least in his public rhetoric — as offense by the U.S. and NATO in a region that was, until recent decades, firmly within his government’s domain.
AFF’s Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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