The Washington Times, By L. Todd Wood, 2 July 2017
“There is a point of novelty, but I haven’t heard anyone expressing much concern over this so-called ‘threat.’ The Baltic States repeat their usual incantations, but at the same time, they take for granted the fact that NATO is deploying large forces on their territory,” the Russian ambassador said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad has NATO commanders worried as it becomes more and more militarized. Moscow recently deployed the highly accurate Iskander missile to the region which has a 500 km range and can carry a nuclear warhead. The powerful forces stationed in Kaliningrad give the Kremlin the ability to cut off the former-Soviet, Baltic nations from the rest of the alliance. NATO has recently deployed armored brigades in Eastern Europe to act as a deterrent to any idea Moscow may have about reclaiming the Baltic states.
Russia and China have exercised jointly in the Pacific as well; the Russian ambassador the cooperation has reached ‘an advanced level.’ “China is interested in ocean navigation, it is kind of a long-distance cruise for them,” the Russian ambassador to China said