Transfer of anti-aircraft missile complexes “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad oblast is an aggressive show of force against the whole of Europe. This was stated by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, reports Reuters.
“Given the fact that “Iskander” is not defensive, but offensive armament, it means the transfer of aggressive, open demonstration of force and aggression against the Baltic States, but against European States”, — she said.
October 8, Reuters, citing a source in American intelligence reported on the transfer of “Iskander-M” in Kaliningrad. He noted that the reasons for which Moscow throws complex, can be harmless. “They threw such a system in Kaliningrad in 2014 for exercises. It can also be a political gesture — a show of force — in order to show dissatisfaction with NATO”, — said the Agency interlocutor.
On the same day, the defense Ministry said that the Russian military has repeatedly deployed “Iskander” in the Kaliningrad region and will continue to do so.
Later 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.
On 15 October the head of the Duma Committee on defense Vladimir Shamanov explained the reason for the transfer of “Iskander”. “These missiles are primarily aimed against those objects which upset the balance, equilibrium and which are supplied or will be in the foreseeable future under the so-called missile defense,” — said the Shaman.
Grybauskaite repeatedly negative strong comments about Russia’s policy. In particular, in January last year she was accused Moscow of “open territorial aggression” and expressed confidence that she directly participates in military actions in Eastern Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as well as the presence of Russian troops on the territory of Donbass.
In November 2014, the President of Lithuania said that Russia is a “terrorist state” and represents a danger not only for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe.
In April last year Grybauskaite saw signs of economic and political isolation of Russia in the refusal of the heads of the leading countries to participate in the parade on red square on Victory Day. She noted that Moscow is trying “to hide behind the unknown armed groups”. “The delivery of heavy weapons and blatant lies to the whole world — all this is unacceptable. And the civilized world says so very loudly. We support Ukraine by all available means,” — said Grybauskaite.