(Moscow, Russia) Around the same time that it became clear Barack Obama would be the next President of the United States, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced plans for Russian deployment of a new missile system on the EU border.
The stretch of Baltic coastline between Poland and Lithuania known as Kaliningrad will have missile installations and radar jamming equipment to neutralize proposed American missile shield sites in Poland and the Czech Republic.
In a blistering 90-minute speech broadcast live on radio and television, Medvedev blamed the U.S. for acting unilaterally, arrogantly and selfishly. The war in Georgia was a result of U.S. arrogance, Medvedev said.
In the context of the global geopolitical chess game, the Russians have moved a major piece and I don't think they are finished. I also foresee the growth of a threatening Russian military presence in Latin America.
Meanwhile, Russia is becoming more and more chummy with the belligerent theocracy in Iran.
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[Add.] The Russian missiles to be deployed are the Iskander SS-26 model.
The SS-26 has a range of about 250 miles and carries a 1,000 pound warhead. Refinements are believed to possibly extend the range. It is a mobile-launched weapon. Two launchers are carried on each designated truck.
The SS-26 can carry a variety of warheads including a cluster munition, a fuel-air explosive enhanced-blast warhead, an earth penetrator for bunker busting and an electro-magnetic pulse device for attacking radar installations.