It seems World War 3 speculations are coming true. Russia welcomes the Iskander missile along with S-400 in Kaliningrad enclave, making Moscow easier to launch an attack on Europe.
The move was made last Monday as a response to NATO’s expansions in the Baltic states. The Iskander missile, if launched, can devastate an area as far as 300 miles. With its recent move in the Kaliningrad enclave, it can conveniently target Sweden, Poland and Berlin if Russia vs. Europe war commences. The Kaliningrad is between Lithuania and Poland.
On the other hand, NATO has Growler S-400. It is an anti-aircraft missile system that can cover short- and long-range missiles. The United States State Department said that the recent move from Russia is enough to “destabilize” the security of European nations.
“Russia has made threats to move its Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad for the past decade in response to a variety of developments in Europe, none of which demand such a military response,” spokesman John Kirby said, via The Independent.
“We call on Russia to refrain from words or deeds that are inconsistent with the goal of promoting security and stability,” he added.
However, Russian president Vladimir Putin said the move is not an act of war. Rather, it is a countermeasure for outside threats to the nation. Putin also reacted to World War 3 rumors and said that the drill exercises were just an effort to ensure security for his nation. He said that it was not Russia’s intention to make its rival countries feel insecure, as reported by Express UK.
This act of aggression, however, is not the first of its kind. In fact, Russia deployed an S-300 in Syria back in October. Reuters reported that the Russian Defense Ministry did this in order to protect their own naval base in the area.
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