Russia plans to install S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad in retaliation for the NATO deployment of its so-called “defence shield” in eastern Europe.
Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defence committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, said in remarks reported by RIA news agency on Monday that Moscow was forced to react to the planned US missile shield erected so close to the country.
“As response measures to such threats we will have … to deploy additional forces… This reinforcement includes deployment of S-400 and Iskander systems in Kaliningrad,” Ozerov was quoted as saying.
Kaliningrad is located between Poland and Lithuania.
Also on Monday, President Vladimir Putin also raised the issue of how Russia should respond to what it perceives as the threat from US-led forces in eastern Europe.
“Why are we reacting to NATO expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by NATO’s decision-making?” RIA quoted him as saying in an interview for a documentary to broadcast on Russian TV later on Monday.
“What should we do? We have, therefore, to take countermeasures, which means to target with our missile systems the facilities, that, in our opinion, start posing a threat to us,” Putin said.