Tensions between Russia and the West increases by the day as both parties try to boost their military efforts, just within each others’ aim. According to reports, Russian missiles are rattling the West as Moscow moves along NATO’s borders, possibly sparking an all out war in the future.
Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable missiles to Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea has got the West on alert. According to reports, Moscow’s moves serve as a “wake up call” to the West about the possible dangers that Vladimir Putin presents. As if to make matters worse, Germany has also warned that the tensions between the West and Moscow have become more dangerous compared to the Cold War.
Russia Aims Missiles At NATO
“The dramatic reaction of the West about Iskander [missiles] now is that it is just a wake-up call, it is just a very clear message. It is that ice-cold bucket of water that says, ‘Wake up, you are not living in a safe world,” Voice of America quoted Igor Sutyagin, a Russian military analyst at London’s Royal United Services Institute. Moscow’s Iskander missiles come with a range of 500 kilometers. This means that the deployment of the missiles in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad – which is in between Poland and Lithuania – is a threat to the West.
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“The idea is to intimidate the West. Because Russia does not have any other tools to fight for its competitiveness in the international arena but psychology. Even the Russian military are comparatively weaker than NATO’s forces,” the analyst noted.
China Wants War Too
More importantly, it appears that China is willing to become part of the conflict. According to Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Russia is working with China to go against America’s expansion of its missile-defense network.
“We are working together on ways to minimize possible damage to the security of our countries,” Poznikhir said via Bloomberg.
“The illusion of invulnerability and impunity under the guise of missile defense will encourage Washington to make unilateral steps in dealing with global and regional issues. This could lead to a decrease in the threshold for using nuclear weapons to preempt enemy actions.”
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