New Russian missile deployment angers North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Casey Mills
Ноября 28, 2016

Russian media reported on Tuesday that the Bastion and Bal anti-ship missile systems were now in operation on the Kurile islands, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean over which Russia and Japan have staked rival claims for 70 years.

"As response measures to such threats we will deploy additional forces".

November 22, 2016 (EIRNS)-Senator Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the Federation Council's Defense and Security Committee, told RIA Novosti, yesterday, that Russia would be targeting NATO's BMD installations from the Kaliningrad exclave, wedged between Poland and Lithuania. Russian Federation sees the deployment of its missiles near the western border in retaliation to Washington setting up a U.S. missile shield in Europe, Viktor Ozerov was quoted as saying.

In a recent interview (November 21) with well known Hollywood director and screenwriter Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin said that Moscow feels North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its expansion represent a threat for his country's security, saying that he questions the alliance's decision-making. In fact, NATOs primary movements since the end of the Cold War have been humanitarian intervention alone, with the outlier being their response to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center when the USA invoked Article 5 of the Treaty and European allies offered to come to the defense of the country should more terror attacks occur.

We are forced to take countermeasures - that is, to aim our missile systems at those facilities which we think pose a threat to us.

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Some analysts predict an emboldened Moscow could become more assertive in eastern Europe after the election of Donald Trump as United States president.

But, he said, there were no current threats against Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russian Federation.

He also said the prospect of a good relationship with the incoming administration in Washington was not as welcome in Moscow as it might be believed.

How President-elect Donald Trump handles the crisis in relations with Moscow remains to be seen.

Kalibr nuclear-capable ship-based cruise missiles: In October, Russia sent two missile frigates to Kaliningrad equipped with launchers that can fire these missiles more than 900 miles. The alliance called for more transparency on military activities "to avoid incidents and the risk of misunderstandings".

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