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Russia Deploys Missiles Near NATO Border, Sparks Fears

World | December 16, 2013, Monday // 20:34| Views: 1339 | Comments: 5
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Russia confirmed Monday that it has deployed tactical ballistic missiles in the territory of Kaliningrad near its borders with NATO.

A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman has insisted that the move does not violate international agreements. But Lithuania and Poland have both issued statements of concern.

The deployment marks the realization of threats from Moscow to respond with a firm gesture to NATO plans to place elements of the European missile shield close to Russian borders.
Russia sees the missile shield as a threat to its nuclear deterrent.

The Iskander-M is a mobile theater missile system equipped with two solid-propellant single-stage 9M723K1 guided missiles with "quasi-ballistic" capability, RIA Novosti informs.

With its reported effective range of 400 kilometers (250 miles), the Iskander does not fall into the category of intermediate-range nuclear missiles banned by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Russia and the United States.

The missiles deployed in Kaliningrad could hit NATO targets located in Poland, Lithuania and even in Germany, however.

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sa-sha - 17 Dec 2013 // 12:45:53

Nyet, unlike the stance of one stubborn idiot on this forum (that one who considers Putin as "maniac", Russia as "pariah", etc, nothing to do with that "author", medicine is powerless;-), and unlike "sparks of fears", You seem to appreciate the decision of those Russians: to support NATO' "understanding" by deploying "Iskanders" in Kaliningrad ;-)

Nyet - 17 Dec 2013 // 09:10:50

"NATO only understands force..."

Hahahaha. What an absolute idiot you are. Yeah mate, NATO only understand force just like the CIA only understands spying and the International Labour Organisation only understands labour. Hahahahahaha. I've read your past comments and no doubt you're not a bright individual but this tops it all....Hahahahaha.

peterperfect - 17 Dec 2013 // 09:00:58

Of course NATO only understands force, that is what it was created for. Don't however read too much into this, of course, if it is building a defense sheild around Europe then some of its equipment will be on the borders with Russia who is not part of any European "club" or part of NATO, the same will be true of all its borders eventually. Also, "of course" would be Russia's right to put equipment on her borders, including those of Europe. Even forces within NATO and the EU will have men and equipment on national borders this makes common sense and underscores a countries government prime responsibility - to protect its peoples. Provided dialog and diplomacy are the avowed methods of communication these moves will not be any threat, but watch the press they will have field day.

Seedy - 16 Dec 2013 // 22:03:56

Russia under Tsar Vlad is a dangerous pariah on the world stage and a threat to civilisation, itself a concept that Putin seems unable to grasp. Just why this maniac feels that he (and NOT his country, as he likes to pretend) needs a nuclear deterrent is anyone's guess: perhaps so that he can "deter" his own people when they finally decide they have had enough of his megalomania?

Yane - 16 Dec 2013 // 21:36:45

Iran was the threat, NATO claimed as an excuse for the missile shield, now that they have a deal with Iran, NATO has not backed away. NATO only understands force...

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