Russia Moves Missiles Near Poland, Lithuania


Russia has reportedly deployed nuclear-capable missiles closer to Europe near the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.

Moscow confirmed stationing several short-range Iskander ballistic missiles, known in NATO parlance as SS-26 Stone and capable of carrying nuclear warheads, in the enclave of Kaliningrad. The seaport borders the European Union countries and is geographically separated from the rest of Russia.

The move drew a swift rebuke from the U.S. “We’ve urged Moscow to take no steps to destabilize the region,” Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, told The Wall Street Journal.

Russian defense officials downplayed the news, saying the missiles were moved to the area more than a year ago — around June 2012 — in response to ongoing development of the U.S.-backed missile defense shield in Europe.

“NATO has American tactical nuclear weapons in Europe,” Viktor Zavarzin, deputy head of the State Duma’s defense committee, told the daily newspaper Izvestia, according to a report in the state-owned television network RT, formerly known as Russia Today. “Who can it be aimed against if not Iran? Only against us.”

Russia is believed to have more than 40 of the truck-mounted missile systems, which have a range of between 170 miles and 250 miles, depending on the version. Potential international customers of the product include Iran, Libya and Belarus.

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  • Ben

    Is this supposed to be concerning? Especially since it’s old news..

  • IKnowIT

    Was on the Interwebs days ago…

  • SJE

    Old news. I’m more concerned about North Korea.

  • orly?

    Pffft nukes don’t beat rifles.

  • Will

    More detachment from reality from Puty. Whatever tac nukes the USA has in Europe, they’re not on short range ballistic missiles or in either Poland or Lithuania. And the response to BMD in Poland that can’t touch Russian ICBMs pointed at the USA are Iskander missiles that can be shot down by Patriot PAC-3?

  • Hunter76

    This is purely Put playing geopolitics. He wants to cut a piece from the Asian drama.

    • The one armed man

      Romney was right.

  • that guy

    We should bring back SAC. I bet they would stop playing games then. We still got more toys then they have and the toll we would take on them money wise would bankrupt them and China when we still have most of our assets we would just have to consolidate them back under one command. ( long live SAC @ General Curtis Lemay)

  • hibeam

    Now instead of dying in 11 minutes you die in 8 minutes. That’s a game changer by golly.

  • TonyC.

    Russia needs to feel wanted again. China has stolen their glory.

  • retired462

    And we “wimped-out” by not putting the anti-missile system in Europe, because Obama did not want to upset his friend Putin.

    • The one armed man

      There’s a lot of Obama voters here. Don’t say things like that. ;)

    • Steve B.

      Really ?, wimped out ?. How ?.

      This missile has a range of 250 miles. It might not reach to Warsaw much less anywhere else in Europe that matters.

      It’s a complete non-issue and as point, the ABM system we envisioned for Europe was designed to stop ICBM’s coming out of Iran, not any sort of ballistic weapons out of Russia. The Russians know this and choose to make an issue of it for political reasons only.

  • Vsshooter

    When you have the POS POTUS that we have now WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!

  • KHS

    Die USA werden untergehen und etwas ganz neues entsteht ….Ami go home!!!

  • Lance

    Old new shows how dumb America’s press and President are when they are shocked when we saber rattle Russia they Saber Rattle us back.

  • Sean

    Putin is as crazy as that kid running North Korea.

  • Big-B

    it is time for a german nuclear deterrence. if isreal accepts our german uboats as missile platforms maybe we could accept some of their “special” missiles as payment (instead of giving them the uboats for free). putin is really an annoying pain in the…

  • tiger

    So Obama’s reset with Russia continues to go to hell I see. Is it 2017 yet?

  • gt350

    Can someone get PUTIN Viagra. worried about Gays about US , My wife complains I watch TCM to much– what is he thinking , So he’s betting on Syria, Iran of all the country’s to back– we cant be that bad. doesn’t he see China on his right?

  • intenseMike

    Why does Russia think the U.S. or Europe poses any threat to them? They need to stop worrying about us. As long as they’re not spreading the Socialist Empire, we’re not going to get into any conflict with them. In fact, Russia and the U.S. should become buddies. Most of Russia is more of a capitalist society than the U.S. is now, with all our government dependency programs. Rather they, like the rest of us, need to worry about the spread of the Islamic threat as it tries to undermine the fabric of civilization. Seriously, who is threatening the Sochi Olympics?

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