The Minister of defence of Finland did not see the threat of Russian missile systems, placed under the Kaliningrad
The Minister of defence of Finland Jussi Niinistö said that he sees a direct threat to the deployment of Russian missile complexes “Iskander” and s-400 in the Baltic sea area. On it informs Agency AP referring to the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 News.
According to Niinistö, he does not see in actions of the Russian authorities intentions to threaten Finland. “In this respect, Russia is not a threat to Finland,” – said in an interview with the Minister, quoted by TASS.
Niinistö said that Russia has already made such a redeployment of missile system. But at the same time, he stressed that the negative spiral of actions and responses could lead to specific, “albeit accidental,” consequences.
The defense Minister also expressed hope that the stabilization of the situation in the region. “We hope to see a relaxation of the situation on the Baltic sea, and not its aggravation,” said he.
In October, the defense Ministry confirmed that the Russian military deployed in the Kaliningrad region rocket complexes “Iskander”. After reports about the representatives of a number of Baltic countries claimed that such actions of Russia will aggravate the situation in the region, and regarded them as inadequate response to NATO’s actions to strengthen the troops in Europe.
The official representative of the defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov, in turn, said that the Russian military has repeatedly deployed “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region and will continue to do so in the future as part of combat training.
November 22, the U.S. state Department spokesman John Kirby said that the deployment of “Iskander” and anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 in the Kaliningrad region destabilizie European security.
“Real security threat today is not Russia, and the saturation of Europe with weapons and soldiers not of European origin,” said defense Ministry spokesman major-General Igor Konashenkov.
“Iskander” is designed to destroy targets such as missile systems, jet systems of volley fire and long-range artillery, aircraft and helicopters at airfields, command posts and communication centers. The range of modification of the “Iskander-M” up to 500 km.
This week a source “Interfax” has informed that in the Kaliningrad region division deployed coastal missile complex “Bastion”.