Missiles in Kaliningrad will affect security in Lithuania

November 9, 2008 at 11:53 pm 1 comment

Russian Nuclear bombsThe first President Medvedev’s address attracted probably as much attention as the newly elected USA President in Vilnius.  The attention was concentrated not on the Russia’s President’s proposals regarding the internal Russia’s reforms.  The biggest concern is the Russian missiles in Kaliningrad.

As the BNS noted the Russian leader did not specify the number of missiles and whether they would be armed with nuclear warheads, adding radio-electronic neutralization of the US shield elements would be carried out from the Kaliningrad territory.

On August 15 the US and Poland signed a preliminary agreement on placement of defence shield elements in Poland. An analogous treaty was signed with the Czech Republic earlier this year.

The BNS reminds that Washington plans to place 10 missile interceptors in Poland in the 2011-2013 period and build a radar station in the neighbouring Czech Republic. The facilities will supplement the already operational missile defence system, with elements deployed in the United States, Greenland and Great Britain.

Washington says that the shield, development of which was supported by all 26 members of NATO, is intended to serve as protection from possible missile attacks from “villain countries,” particularly Iran.

After signature of the treaty, Russian officials have made informal statements about Russia for the first time after the end of the cold war considering the possibility of deploying arms with nuclear warheads in its Baltic Fleet in the Kaliningrad region wedged between Lithuania and Poland. The nuclear warheads may be supplied to the fleet’s submarines, cruisers and bombers.

Lithuania’s Presidential Palace issued a statement saying that: “Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev is difficult to understand as his words are mutually conflicting. The President talks about the commitment to act together against our common threats but sends missiles to Kaliningrad to neutralize anti-missile defence system,” Adamkus is quoted in the release.

Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Olekas stated,  “I am convinced that this is not the path Russia should choose because the missile defence shield is not targeted against Russia. We believe that there is another way – a way of agreements and joint decisions rather than contradiction. The more weaponry there is, the more damage is caused to the security situation in the region. This applies to Kaliningrad too, not only Lithuania”.

The commander of Lithuanian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Valdas Tutkus expressed his wish that “I hope that the international community and NATO will issue a relevant response.

What is a possible consequence of this Kremlin’s threat?  A quote by a possible new Minister of Defence Mrs. Rasa Juknevičienė said that “Should Russia really go through with this, it will be another sign that Lithuania must take national defence with its neighbours very seriously, with the most important thing being NATO’s special attention to the region and the perceived security of people living here”.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Central Europe, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Poland, Politics, Russia, USA.

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  • 1. NADEEM  |  November 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    WHEN WE ARE TALKING TO MAKE SAFE EVEN MORE SAFER BY THE DEPLYMENT OF AMERICAN MISSILE SHIELD,THEN NEVER THINK THAT RUSSIA WILL NOT TRY TO MAKE ITS SOIL. IF AMERICANS ARE SERIOUS TO MAKE EUROPE SAFE FROM IRANIAN THREAT THEY SHOULD INSTALL MISSILE SHIELD IN GREECE, ITALY,TURKEY, AFGHANISTAN OR UKARINE NOT ONLY IN POLAND.BECAUSE IN THERE IS NOT ANY COUNTRY OTHER THAN RUSSIA NEAR TO THAT DEPLOYMENT.

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