NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg not surprised the transfer of Russian missile complexes “Iskander-M” in the Kaliningrad region. According to him, this step fits into the habitual behavior of Russia. At the same time, the head of the Alliance said that the strengthening of NATO forces in Eastern Europe aimed at preventing a new cold war and arms race.

Stoltenberg commented on the deployment of “Iskander” near Kaliningrad during the press conference, which staged the newspaper Passauer Neue Presse. “Now I see that they (Russia. – Approx. placed missiles “Iskander” in Kaliningrad (region). All this corresponds to the behaviour we have observed for a long time,” said NATO Secretary General (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).

However, Stoltenberg said that the Alliance is the largest since the end of the cold war build up its forces in Eastern Europe, but does not want a new arms race, Reuters reports. “We don’t want to increase our presence (in the future), but we will continue to send a signal that our forces can be strengthened if necessary. It is important to avoid a new cold war. We do not want a new arms race”, – said the NATO Secretary General.

At the same conference was made by the speaker of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, criticized Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and by Moscow’s support of right-wing nationalists in Europe. At the same time, the European politician said about the need to continue dialogue with the Russian side in the hope of promoting democracy in the long run.

In addition, the conference was attended by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who has advocated for the extension of sanctions against Russia. According to him, Europe has developed a particularly dangerous situation for the Eastern European front line, such as Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic countries.

Earlier, the management of a number of European countries criticized Russia over deployment of missile complexes in the Kaliningrad region. In Sweden the re-deployment of “Iskander” called provocation, which aggravates the situation in the Baltic region. Swedish defence Minister Peter Hultqvist stressed that we are talking about the possible carriers of nuclear warheads.

The day before the Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski said that Russia’s actions are “totally inadequate response to what NATO is doing”. According to him, Poland and the Baltic States do not have aggressive intentions against Russia, and therefore there is no grounds for strengthening of the Kaliningrad garrison.

Also Waszczykowski said that even if NATO deploy on the Eastern flank of their forces in the framework of the recent NATO summit in Warsaw, “it will not change its defense doctrine and the relations to Russia”. We are talking about the summit, which was announced on the placement in Eastern Europe four battalions of NATO for protection from Russia.

In a day when media reported about the deployment of Iskander, the defense Minister of Poland, Anthony Macierewicz said that “the Polish armed forces and intelligence system, including in collaboration with allies, are in constant readinessto monitor and guarantee the security of Poland and the partner countries”.

In the defense Ministry on 8 October confirmed the messages about the deployment of “Iskander-M” in Kaliningrad oblast. Official representative of the Ministry Igor Konashenkov stated that the deployment of facilities near Kaliningrad has happened repeatedly and is an element of planned training of the troops. According to him, the Ministry of defense of the secret did not, and the process clarified the parameters of the American military satellites, followed by transportation.

Reports on the relocation of “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region appeared 8 Oct. Reuters reported on the transfer of missile systems, citing a source in American intelligence and the Estonian media.

PTRC “Iskander-M” is capable of hitting targets at ranges up to 500 km. the complex consists of two types of missiles: ballistic and cruise. The system is designed to defeat the reactive systems of volley fire of the enemy missile and air defense, aircraft and helicopters at airfields, command posts and infrastructure facilities.

The NATO Secretary General has called the deployment of “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region the usual behavior of Russia 11.10.2016

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