NATO erupted with criticism about the decision of the Russian authorities to place in the Kaliningrad region coastal missile systems “Bastion”.
The Alliance considered the transfer of missiles a manifestation of “aggressive military strategy”, quoted by “Interfax” common AP the statement of the Alliance. “The deployment of the complex near the borders of the Alliance is not conducive to lowering tensions or to restore predictability in our relations”, – the document says.
NATO has called for greater transparency in military activities “in order to avoid incidents and risks misunderstandings”.
Recall before it became known that the defense Ministry strengthened the troops in the Russian enclave by the division of coastal missile complex “Bastion”, which became part of the missile join the Baltic fleet. This is not the first step to strengthen the military group in the Kaliningrad region for the last time.
In early October, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has saidhe was not surprised by the transfer of Russian missile complexes “Iskander-M” in the Kaliningrad region. According to him, this step fits into the habitual behavior of Russia. The management of a number of European countries criticized Moscow over the deployment of missile complexes on the Baltic sea.
As for the “Bastions”, the press Secretary of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday, November 22, recalled that Moscow has the right to protect its borders amid the approach of NATO to Russia’s borders.
“Russia is doing everything necessary to protect himself against expansion toward its borders by NATO. NATO really is an aggressive bloc, so Russia is doing everything that is needed for this, and in this case it has all sovereign rights to take the necessary measures in the entire territory of the Federation”, – quoted Peskov TASS.
Press Secretary of the Russian President refused to answer the question posted at the region mentioned the media system and will they be there on a permanent basis.
BRK “Bastion” (according to NATO classification SSC-5 Stooge) is designed to protect the coast stretching over 600 km. He is able to hit surface ships of different classes and types in conditions of intensive fire and electronic countermeasures. Ammunition one set can include up to 36 missiles “Onyx” (“Yakhont”).
“Bastion” was first presented at parade on Victory Day May 9, 2014 in Sevastopol. A year later it became known that the missile systems are deployed in Crimea. In November 2016, the defense Ministry reported about the first application of the complexes in the conditions of actual combat in Syria.