Russia Moves Missiles Near Poland, Lithuania

Iskander

Russia has reportedly deployed nuclear-capable missiles closer to Europe near the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.

Moscow confirmed stationing several short-range Iskander ballistic missiles, known in NATO parlance as SS-26 Stone and capable of carrying nuclear warheads, in the enclave of Kaliningrad. The seaport borders the European Union countries and is geographically separated from the rest of Russia.

The move drew a swift rebuke from the U.S. “We’ve urged Moscow to take no steps to destabilize the region,” Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, told The Wall Street Journal.

Russian defense officials downplayed the news, saying the missiles were moved to the area more than a year ago — around June 2012 — in response to ongoing development of the U.S.-backed missile defense shield in Europe.

“NATO has American tactical nuclear weapons in Europe,” Viktor Zavarzin, deputy head of the State Duma’s defense committee, told the daily newspaper Izvestia, according to a report in the state-owned television network RT, formerly known as Russia Today. “Who can it be aimed against if not Iran? Only against us.”

Russia is believed to have more than 40 of the truck-mounted missile systems, which have a range of between 170 miles and 250 miles, depending on the version. Potential international customers of the product include Iran, Libya and Belarus.

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23 Comments on "Russia Moves Missiles Near Poland, Lithuania"

  1. Is this supposed to be concerning? Especially since it's old news..

  2. Was on the Interwebs days ago…

  3. Old news. I'm more concerned about North Korea.

  4. Pffft nukes don't beat rifles.

  5. More detachment from reality from Puty. Whatever tac nukes the USA has in Europe, they're not on short range ballistic missiles or in either Poland or Lithuania. And the response to BMD in Poland that can't touch Russian ICBMs pointed at the USA are Iskander missiles that can be shot down by Patriot PAC-3?

  6. This is purely Put playing geopolitics. He wants to cut a piece from the Asian drama.

  7. We should bring back SAC. I bet they would stop playing games then. We still got more toys then they have and the toll we would take on them money wise would bankrupt them and China when we still have most of our assets we would just have to consolidate them back under one command. ( long live SAC @ General Curtis Lemay)

  8. Now instead of dying in 11 minutes you die in 8 minutes. That's a game changer by golly.

  9. Russia needs to feel wanted again. China has stolen their glory.

  10. And we "wimped-out" by not putting the anti-missile system in Europe, because Obama did not want to upset his friend Putin.

  11. When you have the POS POTUS that we have now WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!

  12. Die USA werden untergehen und etwas ganz neues entsteht ….Ami go home!!!

  13. Old new shows how dumb America's press and President are when they are shocked when we saber rattle Russia they Saber Rattle us back.

  14. Putin is as crazy as that kid running North Korea.

  15. it is time for a german nuclear deterrence. if isreal accepts our german uboats as missile platforms maybe we could accept some of their "special" missiles as payment (instead of giving them the uboats for free). putin is really an annoying pain in the…

  16. So Obama's reset with Russia continues to go to hell I see. Is it 2017 yet?

  17. Can someone get PUTIN Viagra. worried about Gays about US , My wife complains I watch TCM to much– what is he thinking , So he's betting on Syria, Iran of all the country's to back– we cant be that bad. doesn't he see China on his right?

  18. Why does Russia think the U.S. or Europe poses any threat to them? They need to stop worrying about us. As long as they're not spreading the Socialist Empire, we're not going to get into any conflict with them. In fact, Russia and the U.S. should become buddies. Most of Russia is more of a capitalist society than the U.S. is now, with all our government dependency programs. Rather they, like the rest of us, need to worry about the spread of the Islamic threat as it tries to undermine the fabric of civilization. Seriously, who is threatening the Sochi Olympics?

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