Russia Carries Out Missile Drills Near NATO Border

Iskander tactical missile

Russian servicemen equip an Iskander tactical missile system at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015. The same system was used for military drills conducted not far from Russia’s border with Poland. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

 

The drill, involving short-range ballistics system Iskander-M took involved around 100 troops and 20 missile units, at a military range in the city of Luga, only about 90 miles from Russia’s border with Estonia.

The practice involved testing the decision-making skills of personnel, as well as their ability to fire the Iskander, which has a range of around 310 miles. The Russian military claimed no live fire took place, only calculations.

The presence of Iskander systems prompted a scare among Russia’s northwestern neighbors, when Moscow decided to deploy some in its enclave of Kaliningrad, which borders Lithuania and Poland.

What is more, Russia’s increased unannounced incursions near allied airspace and mass snap drills near border regions have convinced the alliance that more attention must be paid to Moscow’s military resurgence.

Russia has denied sending troops to eastern Ukraine and rejected suggestions its actions endanger NATO allies, but warned non-NATO countries that should they join the alliance, Moscow would view them with more suspicion.

Full article: Russia Carries Out Missile Drills Near NATO Border (Newsweek)

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