Russia threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in and around the Baltic Sea region if Finland and Sweden join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as tensions fueled by President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine spread.
“In this case, there can be no talk of non-nuclear status for the Baltic,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chief of Russia’s Security Council and former president, said in a Telegram post Thursday, suggesting Russia may deploy Iskander missiles, hypersonic weapons and nuclear-armed ships in the region.
Medvedev’s comments are among the most detailed threats Russia has issued over the prospect that its northwestern neighbors might join the alliance after decades of staying out. But both Finland and Sweden this week said they’re stepping up consideration of the issue in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda dismissed the threats as “empty,” accusing Russia of already placing tactical nuclear weapons in the Kalinigrad exclave on the Baltic. “I don’t know if one can deploy something anew that’s already been deployed,” Nauseda told a press conference in Vilnius.
Here comes another Maginot Line. Fixed fortifications might reassure the public but are easily breached. Not very effective.
Where do you think Russia’s missiles are targeted? Everywhere west?
So he is saying short range munitions will be installed near the borders. Is that a change? More likely posturing.
The recent sinking of a Russian cruiser reminds us that Russia is not a naval power. In an island nation like Britain, the navy is the senior service.
Russia has few all year ports. Hence, their submarines are their navy. Both the Baltic and the Black Sea have narrow openings easy to block.
That is why in World War II supplies went by ship to Murmansk–a very cold icey voyage. And not open all year due to ice.
Finland and Russia have lived next to each other for 1000 years. Finns are not going to build a Maginot Line. Their forests and lakes make it safe from massive invasion like in Ukraine. Many Finnic peoples (over 2 million) still live in Russia stretching from from Perm to St. Petersburg in Northern Russia.
Russians already have missiles and troops in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. Kaliningrad is an ice free port.