Senator Frantz Klintsevich has said it is ready to retarget Russian nuclear weapons on the targets of NATO in response to the aggressive actions of the Western Alliance. He stated to RIA “Novosti”, commenting on statements of the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, who was called upon Russia to “put up” with the choice of neighbors who wish to join the defence Union.
The first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich said: “In response to the aggressive actions of NATO, the attempts of the Alliance to attract new members from Russia will be followed by rigid and definite answer. We will be targeting your weapons, including atomic, to any threatening us objects of the Alliance, wherever they were located”. He said that talking about “nuclear warhead that can be placed on the media in the terrestrial fixed, mobile, Maritime and air weapons.”
Another representative of the upper house of the Russian Parliament Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense Committee, said that in response to deployment of us missile defense in Europe Russia will be forced to strengthen the system of aerospace defense in the Western direction, to involve additional forces and means to cover objects and control points. He explained the deployment of missile complexes “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region.
Earlier Thursday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Moscow safer to accept the expansion of the Alliance. In a lecture at Oxford University, he explained that “it is not NATO expands, and Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary themselves expressed their desire to join the Alliance.” He stressed that Russia should not consider the process of expansion a “provocation” and called “impossible” the exclusion of these countries in support of NATO due to the fact that Russia is “not like”. Stoltenberg also pointed out that the Alliance does not conduct an aggressive policy towards Russia, but focused on “powerful deterrence”.
Earlier, commenting on Russia’s reaction to joining the new Alliance countries, Vladimir Putin noted that in their territory can be “anything” – missile defense system, the database, and if required a new attack weapon. This is forcing Russia to take countermeasures.
In July at the summit in Warsaw, the NATO countries agreed on the largest since the “cold war” strengthening of the Alliance in Eastern Europe. In particular, in 2017, NATO plans to deploy in the Baltic States and Poland four multinational battalion.