Reports, that so much afraid of the West – the emergence of “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region – turned out to be true. From the statement of the defense Ministry should be the same, as the American press: Russia has demonstrated the deployment of Iskander completely intentional, trying to achieve “strategic humiliation of the American President”.
The Ministry of defense on Saturday confirmed the transfer of complexes “Iskander-M” in the Kaliningrad region and explained the reasons for placing these weapons in the most Western region of Russia.
“Tensions between Russia and NATO reaching critical values”
Recall that a little earlier, a source in US intelligence told Reuters: Russia may deploy “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region as a “political gesture and show of strength” to Express dissatisfaction with the actions of NATO.
At the same time, an influential U.S. publication The Wall Street Journal noted that reports about the transfer under Kaliningrad, “Iskander” cause of the Western powers is a serious concern. The newspaper recalled that the operational-tactical missile complex (PTRC) “Iskander-M” can launch missiles carrying a nuclear warhead and able to reach the Baltic States, Poland and even Germany.
The Wall Street Journal points out that “Iskander” already appeared in the Kaliningrad region, but not for long, at the time of exercise. Note that the publication recognizes: the Kremlin threatened to deploy a missile system on a permanent basis as a response to the deployment of U.S. AEGIS missile defense system in neighboring Poland.
The answer to the “hype authors”
As explained by the official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov, primarily the “authors of sensation” you must know that the PTRC “Iskander” mobile.
Under the plan of combat training of units of missile troops marching improving year-round training, overcoming long distances across Russia in various ways: air, sea, and its course, passes RIA “news”.
“Is not any exception and Kaliningrad oblast, where these units of missile troops repeatedly transferred and will be transferred to the framework of the combat training of the Armed forces of Russia”, – said the official representative of the Ministry of defense.
“The levee” not hidden
Before the portal of Estonian public broadcasting, citing an informed source reported: “Iskander” will be transferred to the Kaliningrad oblast of Ust-Luga (Leningrad region) under the guise of logistical exercises of the Baltic fleet. Allegedly, the transportation of used automobile-railway ferry “Kingpin”, which is due Friday to arrive to Kaliningrad. Estonian media claims that this can be related to the alleged violations of the airspace of Estonia and Finland Russian fighters (Russian defense Ministry has denied these allegations).
“The big secret of the transportation complex on the cargo ship “Levee” has not been done, – said, commenting on these reports, major General Konashenkov. – I will say more – one “Iskander” was specially exhibited before booting in “Kingpin” under a passing American spy satellite to clarify the parameters of this spacecraft”.
He added that the long wait we had – “American partners “revelatory impulse” do all of us and confirmed”.
That transfer complexes is a demonstrative gesture, is emphasized by the American media. “A direct challenge” to Washington from Moscow and the “personal challenge” to us President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the incident the New York Observer.
“Placing of complexes “Iskander-M” in Kaliningrad, to the West of the Baltic republics, is considered to destabilize the entire Eastern flank of NATO, which, despite all the assurances of the White house in security, it remains vulnerable to Russian attacks. For Warsaw and some other capitals of the Alliance, this step resembles a Baltic version of the Cuban missile crisis,” – said in the article, the text of which leads to “Inotv”.
“This is a direct challenge to Washington from Moscow and a personal challenge to Barack Obama from Vladimir Putin. A KGB officer in the Kremlin is trying to achieve the latter, the visible strategic humiliation of the American President before he leaves the Oval office,” says the author of the publication.
“A natural, logical consequence”
Military expert, Vice-President of Academy of geopolitical problems Konstantin Sivkov believes that whipping up of hysteria by the West over the deployment of “Iskander” near Kaliningrad is politically motivated.
The correlation of the military potentials of Russia and NATO,”the Tensions between Russia and NATO reaches critical levels”, – the expert said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK. Sivkov pointed out that the foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, recently warned that the growing tensions between Moscow and Washington is growing and threatens to escalate into a “new conflict of the superpowers.”
As previously wrote the newspaper VIEW, Moscow warns Washington against the escalation of the conflict: recall the recent rigid statement of the Russian foreign Ministry that the US strategy involves balancing on the brink of nuclear war. The Russian side mentioned and placing missile interceptors in Romania despite the Agreement on intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF), and the development of the nuclear triad.
“Escalating our military presence in the Kaliningrad region, given that it is an isolated region, is a natural, logical consequence of the tension,” – said Sivkov.
“Stop anyone who tries to get into the Baltic sea”
In November last year, the commander of US ground forces in Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges said that the Russian can stop anyone who tries to get into the Baltic sea.
In April, Western analysts pointed out that Russia is building a defensive system near Kaliningrad, which are s-400 and Iskander missiles. They noted that this system will make operation of the USA and NATO in the region is dangerous in a crisis or in wartime.
“Iskander-M” operational-tactical missile system designed to defeat at ranges up to 500 kilometers of small and area targets – missile systems, jet systems of volley fire, long-range artillery, aircraft and helicopters at airfields, command posts and communication nodes.
We will add that in September the American edition The National Interest mentioned operational-tactical missile system 9K720 “Iskander-M” the most powerful Russian weapons of the future.
New product an extensive line of tactical missiles, whose development began in the cold war years, “Iskander-M” offers unprecedented accuracy, range and power, emphasize American military analysts.
Able to destroy the launcher PRO USA
“Range target “Iskander” – 599 miles, and with GLONASS and GPS accuracy of the missile is from five to seven meters from the target in half of the cases. It makes the Iskander is a powerful tactical weapon against targets of high importance,” notes the analyst of The National Interest Kyle Mizokami.
For its part, the military expert Konstantin Sivkov notes that “Iskander” (now taken into service its modifications) with a conventional non-nuclear equipment “will be able to solve so many problems.”
Complex curb “ordinary tactical missiles with a warhead of about a ton and a half,” adds the source. “A volley of such missiles division (9-12 rockets) capable of destroying, say, two command posts, or can destroy missile defense of the United States – launcher Mk 41 in land-based. To do this, “Iskander”, in fact, is” – says Sivkov.