The Russian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry, Dmitry Rogozin, has answered US concerns over Russia’s growing military deterrence capabilities.
“I am very sympathetic. And I fully understand you!” the politician wrote in his microblog on Twitter.
His response was a reaction to the concerns voiced by the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) over Russia’s growing military potential; America’s long-time missile defense arch-rival has been intensifying its military deterrence capabilities.
Adm. William Gortney told the Senate Armed Services Committee in written testimony on Thursday that Russian heavy bombers had flown more out-of-area patrols in 2014 than in any year since the Cold War.
This is giving the Kremlin “deterrent” options “short of the nuclear threshold,” Gortney said.
The anxiety remains that the Russian deployments of aircraft and ships into Crimea and the Kaliningrad region could give Moscow a platform for the deployment of weapons that concern the US.
“They can range critical infrastructure in Alaska and in Canada that we rely on for a homeland defense mission,” Gortney told senators, explaining the reach of the long-range Russian cruise missiles.
Full article: Moscow to NORAD Head: Yes, We Can Contain Your Missiles Better Now. Sorry. (Sputnik News)