The heat is on. The build-up is slow but steadily progressing. It is quite feasible that the next mass global conflict is eerily close to us; all the signs are now clear. We heard the United States military generals say the next global conflict is almost guaranteed.
The Russian defense ministry has confirmed that the country has deployed nuclear-capable missiles, known as 9K720 Iskander, in its western-most region, precisely in the city of Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad was formerly known as Koenigsberg. The city was founded by Teutonic knights in the 13th Century and was once the capital of Prussia. It was annexed from Germany by the Soviets post World War II.
The city borders NATO member states of Poland and Lithuania. Poland first sighted the deployment, saying it was of the highest concern. The country then said it was monitoring the situation closely, accusing Russia of secretly deploying the weapons without notifying countries in the area. The Polish Defence Minister, Antoni Macierewicz, said Russia’s recent activities in the region are increasingly becoming very alarming.
However, the Russian Defense Ministry dismissed the Polish accusation that the weapons were deployed secretly. An official from the country’s defense ministry said the deployment of the weapons was part of their military exercises, and that it had happened before, in 2015. The defense ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, told Russia’s state media that the deployment was not exceptional.
According to experts, the Iskander system has a range of up to 700km. If launched from Kaliningrad, it could hit as far as the German capital, Berlin.
An unnamed United States intelligence official told Reuters that the deployment by Russia is to express displeasure at NATO’s build up along the borders. He added that the United States is worried, and is still monitoring the situation in Eastern Europe.
During the political crisis in Ukraine, in which the pro-Russian government was ousted from power, Russia retaliated by annexing the Crimea region.
As the West, led by the United States, struggles to install a functioning government in Ukraine to protect its interest in Eastern Europe, Russia too, is making frantic efforts to neutralize the situation, also attempting to protect its influence in the region.
Russia continues to support separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine who want to break away and have their own independent nation, which will be closely allied with Russia.
Due to this power struggle, pro-Western nations (NATO members) in Eastern Europe fear that Russia might encroach on their territories, and have demanded that NATO deploy troops in the area to deter Russia.
However, top NATO officials are concerned that if the troops are deployed, Moscow will consider it as a pretext to war, further escalating the fragile situation. But nevertheless, during a NATO summit in the Polish capital Warsaw in July 2016, NATO promised to deploy troops in Eastern Europe to defend its allies. NATO claimed the deployment was purely a defensive measure, and that Moscow should not consider it as something that will plunge the area into chaos.
But due to the current distrust and tension between the United States and Russia, regarding the situation in Syria, Russia is taking any promise from the West with a pinch of salt.
In fact, as we speak now, Russia has declared its full support for the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, and the country is carrying out an all-out offensive against the United States backed-rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo, with plans to capture the war-torn city for the government.
As the Aleppo operation continues, Russia has given the United States a stern warning not to take any action against the Syrian government forces. To tell you the truth, there are many Russian jet fighters stationed in Syria, ready to shoot down any United States jet fighter that attempts to strike on the Syrian government forces.
These developments from Moscow are not going down easily with the United States. The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, is said to have urged president Obama to intervene and face the consequences from Russia. He is said to have even favored a nuclear deterrent against Russia.
However, it appears that before Kerry could even make this suggestion to Obama, the Russians had already gathered intelligence on the happenings within the White House. According to Zvezda, a Russian defense ministry Television channel, the country has started preparing its citizens for a possible ‘nuclear war’ with the United States – because of the mounting tensions in Syria.
This is why Russia is leaving no stone unturned. It is true that Russia has deployed similar weapons in Kaliningrad in the past, but this current deployment has a direct link to the current volatile military situation we are witnessing on Earth.
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