Contents tagged with Kaliningrad

  • Lithuania called the militarization of Kaliningrad a challenge for NATO

    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius, said in an interview with The Times that he considers the Russian military build-up in Kaliningrad a challenge for NATO. 

    Particularly, Linkevičius called on NATO to stop "Russian military hooliganism” stating that “the military build-up in Kaliningrad is a challenge for NATO."

    Earlier, Lithuania stated that Russia is trying to limit the arrival of NATO allied ships to the Baltic States with the help of the new coastal missile complexes in …

  • NATO was aware of Russia’s plans to deploy Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad

    NATO knew even before 2012 that Russia was planning to deploy Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad because the previous-generation Tochka missile systems had become obsolete. However, Moscow is now describing the deployment of the missile systems as a response to the expansion of the alliance.

    Russia deployed the Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad last month. The official representative from NATO negatively assessed the deployment of the Russian missile systems, stated the vice …

  • Russia deploys 'Bastion' coastal missile complex to the Kaliningrad region

    The Kaliningrad special district division troops have been strengthened with the “Bastion” coastal missile complex, as reported by Russia's Interfax news agency citing a source familiar with the situation. The source stated that the Bastion complex was received by the Baltic Fleet’s missile unit.On November 19, the press-service of the Baltic Fleet reported that the missile units of the fleet "are conducting the preparation of the infrastructure and scheduled rearmament of the new onshore and …

  • Russia declares that Iskander missiles will be permanently stationed in Kaliningrad

    Russia will deploy Iskander missile systems as well as S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft systems in Kaliningrad district, according to the chairman of the Federation Council Defence and Security Committee, Victor Ozerov, as reported by Russia’s RIA news agency.

    According to Ozerov, Russia is strengthening its air defense capability on its western border in response to deployment of the American anti-aircraft system in Europe.

    “We have to strengthen our system of air defense in this direction, bring …

  • NATO troops will be deployed 70 km from Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad

    In January 2017, divisions and equipment of NATO’s Armored Brigade Combat Team will be deployed to Poland, Radio Poland reported. Initially, they will be deployed in the territory of western Poland between cities of Drawsko Pomorskie and Żagań. Afterwards, its other divisions will be deployed in other regions of the country.

    In April 2017, the U.S. NATO battalion will be deployed to the testing ground in Orzysz, which is located a distance of 70 kilometers from the border with Kaliningrad.

    In …

  • U.S. and Swedish reconnaissance aircraft fly over Russian Kaliningrad and Crimea

    On Friday, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Black Sea near the coast of the Crimea and a Swedish Gulfsteam 4 signals intelligence aircraft flew over Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, Interfax reported.

    According to websites that track the movement of military aircraft, the U.S. P-8A with tail number 168 761 took off from the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily and flew over the southern coast of the Crimea.

    The Swedish Air Force’s Gulfstream 4 with …

  • Media: Russia is strengthening its military presence in the Baltics

    According to the Russian Izvestia newspaper, Russia is reinforcing its Baltic fleet with a division of small Buyan-M type missile corvettes equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles. In addition a new coastal defense brigade equipped with Bastion and Bal missile systems will be deployed in Kaliningrad.

    Russian military experts believe that these modern weapon systems will allow for the strengthening of defense around the Kaliningrad region in the view of the increased NATO military presence in the …

  • Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the transfer of Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad

    The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the deployment of Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad region. According to TASS news agency the statement was made by the official representative from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Igor Konashenkov.

    Previously, this transfer was reported by Western media, including references to US intelligence.

    The general said that the Defense Ministry did not make the transfer of Iskanders a secret. “Nobody made a big secret out of the …