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General On NATO Buildup On Border: Russia Is A Nuclear Power

Russian Information Agency Novosti
May 7, 2014

OPINION: Russia Could Station Missiles in Europe in Response to NATO Moves

MOSCOW: Russia could deploy short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s westernmost Kaliningrad region if NATO decides to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe, Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky told RIA Novosti.

“Russia is a nuclear power,” he said. “If NATO becomes more active, we will deploy a division of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad Region,” added Buzhinsky, who previously headed the department of international agreements in the Russian Defense Ministry.

US Air Force General Philip Breedlove said Tuesday that NATO will consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe following the increased tensions over Ukraine, Reuters reported.

“I think this is something we have to consider and we will tee this up for discussion through the leaderships of our nations to see where that leads,” he was quoted as saying.

Defense and foreign ministers of NATO member states as well as senior commanders are to examine the alliance’s presence in Europe prior to a summit of NATO leaders in Wales this September, Breedlove said.

“I don’t see any potential danger if a military conflict between NATO and Russia in Europe involving ground forces,” Buzhinsky told RIA Novosti. “There is no military threat [to Russia], this is an information war,” he said.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier the alliance will boost air patrols over Eastern Europe and dispatch extra ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas due to the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO was attempting to use the Ukrainian crisis as a pretext to unite the alliance’s members and to push for Moscow’s isolation.

Rasmussen also claimed last month that “Russia is speaking and behaving not as a partner, but as an adversary.”

Franz Klintsevich, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, told RIA Novosti that deployment of NATO infrastructure in Eastern Europe and in the Baltic States endangers these countries and Russia should diplomatically deliver this message to the leadership of these states.

“A serious object in the Lithuanian territory, any modern nuclear weapon – means Lithuania basically doesn’t exist anymore, and politicians should understand that, this is a serious issue,” Franz Klintsevich said.

Russia has in the past threatened to station short-range Iskander nuclear-capable missiles in the country’s European Kaliningrad region in response to US missile shield plans. NATO has repeatedly blamed Russia for the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and building up arms and troops on the country’s border.

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  1. rosemerry
    May 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Rasmussen also claimed last month that “Russia is speaking and behaving not as a partner, but as an adversary.”
    What on earth does he expect, with the NATO encirclement, the increase in NATO provocations and attacks, the constant relentless criticism of anything Russia does, despite Russia being the one to ask for negotiations and non-interference in Ukraine?

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