Russia Puts Baltic/Nordic Nations on High-Alert
Swedish government issues pamphlet for citizens
Ballistic missiles were launched by a Russian submarine from the White Sea, about 800 hundred kilometers from Finland.
The Russian Navy said the mock warheads can reach targets more than 9,000 kilometers away.
This missile test-launch is the latest in a series of Russian military drills. Earlier military drills in the region sparked comments from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We have seen that Russia has deployed, developed many new nuclear capabilities, nuclear weapons but also new delivery systems. NATO will not mirror what Russia is doing. We don’t want a new Cold War. We don’t want a new arms race, but we are responding. We are adapting our collected defense when we see this pattern of many years from the Russian side,” Stoltenberg said.
It’s a pattern that worries many countries in the Baltic region, including Lithuania. That country’s leader, Dalia Grybauskaite, said that Russia’s large-scale offensive exercises demonstrate “hatred against the West.”
This week, Russia’s Naval Air Force conducted bombing drills in Kaliningrad, the country’s Baltic enclave near Lithuania’s border.
The Swedish government issued a pamphlet to 4.8 million households to prepare its citizenry for an attack.
In January, a Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency spokesman said the publishing was prompted by the “security situation in our neighborhood.”
In late March, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin claimed that his country developed nuclear weapons “invulnerable” to US missile defence.
This week’s media reports suggest that missile tests resulted in crashes for Russia, the longest range reaching only 22 miles.