WW3 RED ALERT: Russia Moves Nuclear-Capable Missile System Toward Polish Border As Tension With America Heats Up
Russia shipped a sophisticated nuclear-capable missile system toward its territorial exclave bordering Poland, according to Western government officials, introducing a powerful military asset into an already tense region and prompting expressions of concern by allied officials.
A Russian naval ship, according to the officials, was observed carrying an Iskander missile system toward the country’s Kaliningrad port. Kaliningrad is a seaside exclave of Russian territory between Poland and Lithuania.
Western officials said they believe Moscow deployed the missiles on a temporary basis as a display of strength as its relations with the U.S. reach a low.
A Russian official contacted by the Wall Street Journal declined to immediately comment.
Russia has stationed the system in Kaliningrad before—but only briefly, for military exercises. The Kremlin has threatened to deploy the Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad on a permanent basis in response to the construction of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Poland.
Dylan White, the acting spokesman for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said the alliance was aware of reports about the missile deployment to Kaliningrad.
“While we cannot comment on intelligence matters, any deployment close to our borders of missiles that can carry nuclear warheads would not help to lower tensions,” Mr. White said. “We need more—not less—transparency and predictability on military activities to avoid incidents and the risk of misunderstandings.”
Air Force Lt Col David Faggard, a spokesman for U.S. European Command in Germany, said he was aware of the public reports of the deployment. “If these reports are true, this would mark an unfortunate and unnecessary event that could lead to unintended escalation and destabilization,” he said.
Iskander missile systems are mobile and carry two solid-propellant single-stage guided missiles. While there are various versions of the system, the guided missiles have a range of between 250 and 310 miles. That would give it access to most of the territory of the Baltic states—Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—and their southern neighbor, Poland.
Missiles launched from versions of the Iskander system could reach from Kaliningrad well into Germany, U.S. military officials have said. This presents challenges for the American-made NATO missile defense
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