The situation in Europe is heating up as Russia deploys Bastion anti-ship missiles in Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Poland and Lithuania, based on WW3 News.
Meanwhile, a Russian senator, Viktor Ozerov reveals that they plan to install Iskander ballistic missiles and 2-400 missile defense systems also in Kaliningrad.
NATO has accused Russia of “aggressive military posturing.
However, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov maintained that the deployment of the missiles to Kaliningrad was a “logical response to a hostile west.”
“Russia is doing everything necessary to ensure its security in the face of expansion by NATO towards its borders,” Peskov adds.
But The Military Balance 2016 report maintains that the deployment of Russia’s state-of-the-art arms in the region would limit NATO’s capability in the Baltic states.
According to the report, Russia has set up the S-400 long-range air defense systems and the MiG-31BM combat aircraft.
A snap exercise in Kaliningrad early 2015 also showed that the Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles have a range of up to 500 kilometers, the report adds. But the more advanced air-launched cruise missiles and the Kalibr naval cruise missile have longer ranges.
Russia’s Presence to Prevent NATO from Helping Allies
John Chipman, director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, explains that the presence of Russia’s military equipment in Kaliningrad would prevent NATO from providing military support for its allies in case of attacks.
On the other hand, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov accused the US of being the “security threat.”
“A real security threat today is posed not by Russia but by Europe’s saturation with armaments and servicemen of far from European origin,” Konashenko said.
He cites the construction and deployment of US missile shield facilities in Poland and Romania.
NATO also plans to deploy combat units mostly composed of US servicemen in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, the spokesman said. The US will also be sending US marines to Russia’s neighbor Norway, he pointed out.
“One shouldn’t be a rear admiral to understand a simple thing: all current threats to European security are a consequence of the US military policy implemented in the past 10 years,” Konashenkov said.