Skip to comments.OPINION: Russia Could Station Missiles in Europe in Response to NATO Moves
Posted on 05/08/2014 12:55:52 PM PDT by tcrlaf
Russia could deploy short-range Iskander missiles in the countrys westernmost Kaliningrad region if NATO decides to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe, Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky told RIA Novosti.
Russia is a nuclear power, he said. If NATO becomes more active, we will deploy a division of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad Region, added Buzhinsky, who previously headed the department of international agreements in the Russian Defense Ministry.
US Air Force General Philip Breedlove said Tuesday that NATO will consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe following the increased tensions over Ukraine, Reuters reported.
I think this is something we have to consider and we will tee this up for discussion through the leaderships of our nations to see where that leads, he was quoted as saying.
(Excerpt) Read more at en.ria.ru ...
Take note of this:
Franz Klintsevich, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, told RIA Novosti that deployment of NATO infrastructure in Eastern Europe and in the Baltic States endangers these countries and Russia should diplomatically deliver this message to the leadership of these states.
A serious object in the Lithuanian territory, any modern nuclear weapon means Lithuania basically doesnt exist anymore, and politicians should understand that, this is a serious issue, Franz Klintsevich said.
How dare NATO keep provoking Russia.
We have the wrong guy in charge for brinksmanship.
“We have the wrong guy in charge for brinksmanship.”
You can say that again....
Smooth move by Obama canceling missile defense in Eastern Europe.
Russian leaders will post junk weapons, but they’ll beat their chests and shout to the world about it in advance.
It isn’t the weapons the are important. It’s the message it sends.
It does appear that the Russians feel threatened by Obama cancelling missile defense. Who knew that Obama is a master of foreign affairs?
And what message does it send that the military annexation of the Crimea does not? Message received. No one is impressed.
It’s obviously time to update the scrapped Pershing missiles and put them in Poland.
Interesting. Kaliningrad is that funky little Russian enclave on the Baltic between Poland and Lithuania.
“And what message does it send that the military annexation of the Crimea does not?”
You threaten us, we threaten you.
Remember “Just a regional power”?
No wonder you post all this piffle. You haven't the sense that God gave lettuce.
And if they put missiles or bombers in Latin America? And there is always Cuba.
Can you make an any more circular argument, that still means nothing? It says a lot that you miss the entire point of the article.
What does “invading another country” have to do with move/countermove international diplomacy?
I’ll hold my breath waiting for a LOGICAL answer. (Not so much...)
They already have ballistic missile subs off our coasts. Land bases are superfluous, except to deter invasion. No Latin American country is going to offer up its people as a human sacrifice, and even if all of them did, what's the point? Subs can get closer and are not subject to being overrun by local troops, which will happen if locals disagree with Russian policies. Cuba offered to host the missiles because it was afraid (and for good reason, at the time) that the US would invade.
And when I say the locals disagree with Russian policies, I mean if the Russians attempt to use them for anything other than preventing American invasion of the countries in which the missiles are based. The fact is that basing these missiles outside of Russia makes them a lot easier to disable, given that locals can be cajoled, bribed or threatened in a way that Russia cannot.
And if Russia was building serious military infrastructure in Cuba, how would the US react if it had a real President?
NATO is moving nukes closer to Russia? News to me. And I thought you Russians keep telling us the Cold War is over.
What, now I'm a Russian?
And I didn't say NATO is moving nukes closer to Russia. They don't need to, they're already there.
You sure appear to be one, with your relativistic bullcrap. Although I admit, they do it better.
You sure are an emotional unit there rudeboy.
No, although I’ll admit that I jumped the gun with the Russian thing. Ron Paul supporters confuse me that way. Did you see what a great hit he was on Russia Today?
Didn’t you get the memo??
Anyone not swallowing and regurgitating the MaidanPR/OFA/SEIU-style propaganda is a “Paid Russian agitator” now.
No one is impressed by this "counter move." It sends a weaker message than the original NeoSoviet® invasion of the Crimea did in the first place.
It's very simple: Nazis are whomever the Kremlin designates to be Nazis today. They may or may not be Nazis tomorrow. And tcrlaf will write what his masters in The Lubyanka tell him to write.
Much like the rest of us are all Nazis, right?
I guess all that worship of Nazi figures, Nazi symbolism, and Nazi flags are just a co-inkydink, right??
Fool yourself, but don’t try to fool anyone who thinks, K?
Is the BBC “Paid Putinista Propagandists!”, too?
No, the “paid Putinista propagandists” are at Russia Today. You should be familiar with them, you post their work often.
I don’t follow Paul. After he came out in full support of Amnesty I wrote him off entirely...like the vast majority of GOP.
So what... ?
“Russian leaders will post junk weapons...”
Umm, no. The Iskander-M is a mobile, multi-role strike weapon.
“The Russian Iskander-M cruises at hypersonic speed of 21002600 m/s (Mach 67) at a height of 50 km. The Iskander-M weighs 4615 kg, carries a warhead of 710800 kg, has a range of 400480 km, and achieves a CEP (Circular error probable) of 57 meters. During flight it can maneuver at different altitudes and trajectories and can turn at up to 20 to 30 G to evade anti-ballistic missiles. For example, in one of the trajectory modes it can dive at the target at 90 degrees at the rate of 700800 m/s performing anti-ABM maneuvers.
“The system is intended to use conventional warheads for the engagement of point and area targets, including:
hostile fire weapons (missile systems, multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery pieces)
air and missile defense weapons, especially stationary
fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft at airfields
command posts and communications nodes
troops in concentration areas
critical civilian infrastructure facilities
That’s also a Russian army weapon for use against ground targets. It’s no match for what NATO armies can do.
On speed, a Scud will go mach 5, but it can be stopped.