Missile complex “Iskander-M”
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NATO Secretary General not surprised by the decision of Russia to deploy missile system “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region. He stated at the conference, which was held by the newspaper Passauer Neue Presse
In comments to ZDF NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the transfer of the missile systems in the Kaliningrad region is a part of the behavior of Russia, “which has been quite a long time”. According to him, NATO needs it to react, however, the Alliance opposes the cold war and a new arms race.
During his speech at the forum in Berlin, NATO Secretary General said that the Alliance wishes to expand its presence in Eastern Europe. “But we will continue to serve a clear signal that our troops will be reinforced, if necessary,” he said.
At the same conference, the speaker of the European Parliament Martin Schulz criticized the actions of Russia in Ukraine, and by Moscow’s support of right-wing nationalists in different European countries. However, he said the need to continue dialogue with the Russian side in the hope of promoting democracy in the long run.
That Russia throws complex “Iskander-M” in Kaliningrad oblast, in early October, told the British newspaper the Guardian, referring to the Estonian sources of the Agency Reuters citing a source in American intelligence. Interlocutor Reuters expressed the opinion that Moscow has gone on such step or for upcoming exercises, as it was in 2014 or for “demonstration of power to show discontent with NATO.”
Later the information on the transfer of the complex “Iskander-M” in the Kaliningrad region has confirmed the Ministry of defense of Russia. The official representative of Department major General Igor Konashenkov said that the missile system is not just thrown in the Kaliningrad region.
“The plan of combat training of units of missile troops marching improving year-round training, overcoming considerable distances the territory of the Russian Federation in various ways — air, sea, and on their own,” — said Konashenkov.