Russia Stations Tactical, Nuclear-Capable Missiles Along Polish Border

Tyler Durden's picture

"Russia will deploy Iskander missile systems in its enclave in Kaliningrad to neutralize, if necessary, the anti-ballistic missile system in Europe."

      - Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president, November 2008 in his first presidential address to the Russian people

2013 was a year when Europe tried to reallign its primary source of natgas energy, from Gazpromia to Qatar, and failed. More importantly, it was a year in which Russia's Vladimir Putin undisputedly won every foreign relations conflict that involved Russian national interests, to the sheer humiliation of both John Kerry and Francois Hollande. However, it seems the former KGB spy had a Plan B in case things escalated out of control, one that fits with what we wrote a few days ago when we reported that "Russia casually announces it will use nukes if attacked." Namely, as Bloomberg reports citing Bild, Russia quietly stationed a double-digit number of SS-26 Stone, aka Iskander, tactical, nuclear-capable short-range missiles near the Polish border in a dramatic escalation to merely verbal threats issued as recently as a year ago.

The range of the Iskander rockets:

From Bloomberg:

  • Russia has stationed missiles with a range of about 500 kilometers in its Kaliningrad enclave and along its border with the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Germany’s Bild-Zeitung reports, citing defense officials it didn’t identify.
  • Satellite images show a “double-digit” amount of mobile units identified as SS-26 Stone in NATO code
  • Missiles were stationed within the past 12 months
  • SS-26 can carry conventional as well as nuclear warheads

In other words, Russia quietly has come through on its threat issued in April 2012, when it warned it would deploy Iskander missiles that could target US missile defense systems in Poland. From RIA at the time:

Moscow reiterated on Tuesday it may deploy Iskander theater ballistic missiles in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad that will be capable of effectively engaging elements of the U.S. missile defense system in Poland.


NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, for example Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010.


The missile defense system in Poland does not jeopardize Russia’s nuclear forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said. 


“However, if it is modernized…it could affect our nuclear capability and in that case a political decision may be made to deploy Iskander systems in the Kaliningrad region,” he said in an interview with RT television.


But that will be a political decision,” he stressed. “So far there is no such need.”

Looks like a little over a year later, the "political decision" was taken as the need is there. But why does Russia need to send a very clear message of escalation at a time when the Cold War is long over, when globalization and free trade, promote game theoretic world peace (or "piece" as the Obama administration wouldsay), oh, and when Russia quietly has decided to reestablish the former USSR starting with the Ukraine.

We'll leave the rhetorical question logically unanswered.

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JamesBond's picture

first strike bitchez

SilverIsKing's picture

That's just Vlad being the big ole jokester he is.

Has he tried the 'pull my finger' gag yet?

cossack55's picture

...Kerry. Hollande......

They forgot John Graham and Lindsey McCain

Anusocracy's picture

To whomever wrote this article, Russia is most likely staging these missiles because the US has never stopped fighting the Cold War.

The US staged tactical nukes in Turkey and caused the Cuban Missile Crisis and they haven't changed.

Jack Burton's picture

What! The USA stop fighting the cold war? Do you realize the cost to corporate America if the cold war military spending had stopped by a significant percentage? Profits and stocks would have tumbled, share holders would have been hit, portfolio and hedge funders would have seen a decline in year on year profits. No, the American tax payer is a cash cow and corporate America has proven time and again that by influencing congress they can ram through aggressive military policies to push Russia into the needed defense outlays, thus the USA can scream THREAT, and build more. It worked every time, and every time the US tax payer pays more and corporate profit soar. It is an economic model in practice since the end of WWII.

Russia has, if you read the history since the cold war ended, offered a number of good deals to end the arms race, instead, NATO has expanded to Russia's borders, put radar and missile systems in former East Block countries. and gone the color revolution route. NATO issues daily threats that the existence of Russia is a danger to peaceful NATO.

Putin had no choice. The US arms build up in the East is aimed at nuclear superiority and first strike capability. Islkander in Kaliningrad is a defensive range of missile and radar systems. In that role, it is a perfect weapon. It can use EMP, or cluster bomb air field killers, or high explosives. If NATO goes nuts, which seems probable, tactical nukes can be put on Iskander. Looking at the military superiority of NATO, a Russian leader who did not put Iskander in Kaliningrad would be a fool.

I suggest also that many of the units the west counted with their intelligence are simply decoys. The real Iskander launchers are, for the most part, carefully hidden. That way the NATO strike hits worthless sheetmetal decoys, or rubber decoys. See the NATO war against Serbia to witness how this works, as Serbia used Russian Army decoy doctrine in that war.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Puti Poot" knew exactly what he was dealing with after the events of 9/11 unfolded. 

The U.S. stock market bubble -yeah remember the first one of the new Century? had already gotten underway and pressure was continuing to build to extract as much remaining wealth and influence through the oligarchs for the oil and other resources put in place nearly ten years earlier under Yeltsin.  Systematically and to Putin's credit, he managed to kick out all of the most important ones and threw the biggest threats in jail.  Guidance  and the appearance of support in the early stages of the U.S. "war on terror" was the smartest move and only thing he could do at that point.

Pro Russian nationalists would have had to have had a frontal lobotomy or been financially influenced from outside to run after the idea of joining the NATO alliance.  After reading that red herring which was so blatantly obvious along with participation in a missile defense shield with the ex-iron curtain countries it became abundantly clear the clock was ticking and that it was just a matter of time before the Western banks would slowly be choking themselves to death and Putin has been more than accomodating in giving them plenty of rope to hang themselves.

Now here we are the moment is fast approaching and the Western banks aren't getting their way including China.  Is it worth World War III?  I believe these guys are so fucking greedy that for them having anything less than "all of it" is unthinkable.

We know we can't expect the American people to be intelligent enough and  introspective in making value decisions about there own future in the worst economic crisis of our times that they refuse to acknowledge, so it's up to the guys on those submarines and in the missile silos to do it for us I guess?

Let's spend the rest of our time calculating the statisical probability that nothing with that will go wrong!

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!


knukles's picture

On a long enough time horizon....

mjcOH1's picture

"To whomever wrote this article, Russia is most likely staging these missiles because the US has never stopped fighting the Cold War.

The US staged tactical nukes in Turkey and caused the Cuban Missile Crisis and they haven't changed."


But on a positive note, we can now deliver B61 nuclear gravity bombs to those launch crews while flying the plane from a desk in Langly with a fresh Frappachino and McRib in the 'cockpit'.

gallistic's picture

+1 Anusocracy

It is very refreshing to see someone who knows their history. The Cuban missiles were indeed, a countermeasure, just like the Iskanders are today.

The US had installed Jupiter missiles right on the Turkish border with Russia. When the Russians turned around and did the same thing the US had done to Russia, Kennedy's panties wadded up and he hysterically panicked, probably because they did it under our very nose.

The only difference was that at the time, the US had been conducting covert warfare and sabotage against Cuba. We had already invaded Cuba with a proxy army that was US funded, trained, and supplied. Operation Mongoose, Northwoods, and several others were also underway.

In the end, the US missiles in Turkey (and Italy) were very quietly removed as part of the final agreement. That part never made it into the news.

mjcOH1's picture

"In the end, the US missiles in Turkey (and Italy) were very quietly removed as part of the final agreement. That part never made it into the news."

No more nor less so than Oswald's trips to the USSR

nor Jack Ruby's trips to and organized crime ties with Cuba

And purely coincidental to the US economic embargo against Cuba which stands to this day, while allowing trade with China, Vietnam, and a host of other communist countries or countries which have a declared foreign policy hostile to the United States.

Sometimes payback's a bitch for everyone involved.  

trader1's picture




Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (Russian:) (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet Navyofficer. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he prevented the launch of a nuclear torpedo and thereby prevented a nuclear war. Thomas Blanton (then director of the National Security Archive) said in 2002 that "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world".[1]


Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov (Russian:; born c. 1939) is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. On September 26, 1983, he was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile was being launched from the United States. Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm,[1] and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.[2]

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Thanks for posting these two, they are the "silent heroes" of history the West will never talk about.

Lets hope we have men and women in uniform still left in this Country that will be brave and resolute enough to live in there shadows when they are asked to do the unthinkable.

Going on 13 years of this shit and the lies that have killed millions for USD supremacy and oil, I'm not so optimistic about the thinking capacity of any of them.

Let's hope they prove us all wrong.


JR's picture

Well said, and the hope you’ve expressed reminds me of the great poem:

God, Give Us Men!

GOD, give us men!
A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.

Josiah Gilbert Holland

Crash Overide's picture

...and all this talk in Russia about getting rid of the USD lately, and the timing of this recent development.

Didn't something similar happen in Libya? Would bankers be dumb enough to pick a fight with USSR?

Joe A's picture

Because of clever tactics used by the Serbs, NATO did not hit sufficient number of military targets. So what did NATO do? Hit civilian targets. The Serbian government released a statement the last days saying that they expect a surge in cancer cases next year due to the effects of bombing a civilian infrastructure to bits.

saveUSsavers's picture

Thank you Russia! SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT THE BOOT ON THE NECK of the US of Arsewholes!

Headbanger's picture

No...  The real reason Putin is placing these missiles there is because he knows Obama is a lying goof ball ass-hat leader of the Free (Shit) World.

China sees Obozo the same way and sees us as a nation of self absorbed neurotic douche bags who elected such an imbecile!


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Agree. Obama is weak, compromised, and/or maybe even a foreign agent in Russian or Chinese employ. Don't think this is really that complicated.

knukles's picture

Who down-voted that comment?
Wake and grow the fuck up!

john39's picture

in Russian or Chinese employ? that part doesn't make any sense.  Obama is a zionist puppet.  they go through quite a bit of trouble trying to hide that fact, including by setting up obama to appear muslim.  but this should be transparent for anyone who looks at actions, rather than words.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Did you ever consider that the Zionist/Illuminati/powers-that-be are happy to have the US run by a Russian or Chinese agent? I agree that he's a puppet, but sometimes the puppet masters have puppet masters...

Wheels within wheels. If you want to destroy the USA, maybe it serves their interests to have Chinese or Russian fingerprints left at the scene of the crime.

Anusocracy's picture

I, for one. All conjecture.

If anybody has shit on Obonobo it is the NSA/CIA.

Husk-Erzulie's picture

Or, O bong-water is in the putative employ of the self same interests which employed Vladimir Illyich, Uncle Joe, and Adolph.  In which case of course we are as well and truly fucked as the Germans, Ukranians etc. were, ca. 1930 or so...  perhaps 'the employers' have a plan which involves China and perhaps it is executing perfectly.  A certain H. Paulson character has been spending an awful lot of time in China recently... sight seeing?  I think not.

gallistic's picture

"a foreign agent in Russian or Chinese employ"

That is a monster assertion that would justify storming the Bastille and deposing the puppet Russian or Chinese rule in the United States.

Before we go, I have to ask-

Do you have any, you know... evidence for that?

gallistic's picture

It is an impossible stretch and the worst kind of crap.

I think we can put away the pitchforks now...

lakecity55's picture

If you think about it, it sort of seems obvious he plays for the other team.

MeBizarro's picture

No because it is the only geopolitical card that Putin has left to play right now in Eastern Europe.  It is also the only part of the Russian military that has received consistent and high dollar value funding since the end of the Cold War (Russian Strategic Rocket Forces).

This is much ado about nothing really.  Just some saber rattling by the Russians to distract some attention away from the Ukraine events.  That's all.   

caShOnlY's picture

I think we're going to see some "small" country get smoked sacrificially, maybe poland.  This will send a message Russia is not joking.  The cold war is just heating up again.  The alliances will be those with real money against those with paper promise debt coupons.   If your caught holding gold in the USSA when this happens you will be called a traitor and sent to camp.

knukles's picture

The serious betting at the "in the know levels of Patriarchy" is that there will soon be a troika of Russia, China and Iran offering their most fervent services to spread freedom and democracy, happiness, peace and prosperity across the face of the entire plant.

Faced off by a Western alliance, soft, self-absorbed, comatose, indoctrinated, socialist cradle to grave, corporate welfare system in which nobody works nor is responsible for a fucking thing that happens or doesn't happen, all bounded by the monied elite milking the entirety of society under a condition of complete lawlessness.

Would make one hell of a Massive Multiple Player On-line Game.

(which it is, giggle)

Anusocracy's picture

"I think we're going to see some "small" country get smoked sacrificially,"

There is one in the Middle East that deserves a close look.

Freddie's picture

No one ever mentions the Atlas missiles in Turkey when they lionize JFL for handling the Cuban missile crisis which was a fiasco.

gallistic's picture

I am not trying to second-guess history, but in my humble opinion, JFK's hysterical reaction actually escalated and aggravated an already tense situation.

I am glad rational grown-ups settled both missile issues without incinerating the planet.

holgerdanske's picture

Not to forget the O$AMA himself. Didn't get his little war on Syria.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Fact: Russia has tried for years to...

- become part of NATO
- have NATO's missile shield installed closer to Iran, I.e. on the Russia/Iran border.

They were rebuffed on both counts. As they knew they would be. Heck, they couldn't even get the basic specs on the ABMs, e.g. speed data. But it exposed the US-driven lie about the shield's alleged purpose.

The Neocons and Zionist, who do nothing but steal, enslave and kill, and who have the ultimate "entitlement" mentality (as neo-feudal overlords), are the diabolical enemy of all humanity, and they MUST go.

Jack Burton's picture

Indeed Captain Kirk! The history is clear and it is fact that Russia asked for negotiations to bring Russia into the NATO treaty system. Though this did happen at a time of extreme Russian weakness, still, it was offered in a serious manner and the response from the US military, congress and media was panic and an immediate campaign to kill even the thought of it. Like I posted above, if Russia became a friendly treaty nation, the corporate profit stream in American military industry would dry up. Not to mention thousands of military careers ruined by peace. Perhaps 300 thousand career military would have had to join the private sector, and you know that was not going to happen.

Instead of peace, NATO began a drive to the East, and now seeks Georgia and Ukraine as NATO bases. This will lead to conflict, because Russia is feeling much stronger now and unwilling to be rolled over. Even better for Russia, is the USA is making noise about an armed conflict with China. This means Russia's East will have a friendly nation to guard the rear. The USA and NATO are seeking a return to the Cold war world, and it is happening. This is bullish for stocks and for all those shares connected to the military. Go long these stocks.

caShOnlY's picture

"ruined by peace"

War is dead.  Long live war!

Pseudo Anonym's picture


...(as neo-feudal overlords), are the diabolical enemy of all humanity, and they MUST go.

they have faces, names and addresses.  you know?  it's the fear of naming them and pointing a finger at every single individual involved is what keeps them safely doing what they're doing and is the sole reason why  they will not go!  i presume it was your terminal fear of being called anti-semite that kept you from being specific and that was the reason why you chose the totally non descriptive, non actionable and vague label "diabolical overlords".  who are these mighty overlords and how does one prosecute them?  that's what i want to know.

Ocean22's picture

Well, we know WHO they are, (zionists) how do we stop them? good question.

Drifter's picture

"it's the fear of naming them and pointing a finger at every single individual involved is what keeps them safely doing what they're doing and is the sole reason why  they will not go!"

You've lost your mind if you think naming and pointing at them will accomplish anything.

Other nations know what Americans refuse to accept.  "They" are too numerous to to identify and "take out" one by one. 

The disease has spread thru the enitre organism.  It has infected not only those at the top, but has also infected 90% of the American population.  America has become the greediest nation on the planet.   It cannot be saved.  It must be terminated to kil the disease, and that's what will end up happening, America will be taken out, not by plan or desire, but by necessity.


CPL's picture


Top to bottom of the real powers that be, everyone is point blank sick of it and I'm sure Santa's got a list of them causing it that will be dealt with by the end of the Solstace.  The world doesn't need kings or hedgimonic leaders, it needs community and future together that the people of this planet are very capable of doing by their own cooperation in sciences, organisation and imagination.  It is 'this' close.  Everything from engineering, architecture, distribution chains, processes, food production, communications, art, faith, cool movies, all of it from Earth by people from Earth.  It's all here.

Yet here we all are watching a tiny percentage of people on Earth completely forget that there is no uHaul behind the hearse.  At least this time there won't be for them, unless they smarten up.

Anusocracy's picture

Unfortunately, the stupidsters of the world will want to protect themselves from the evil ongoings of government with...


fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Stalin was the leader of the USSR and killed tens of millions. Attempting to defend Russian aggression as blameless is a lie.

YHC-FTSE's picture

No point for me to post a long one because Kirk & Jack did a superb job.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, I watched in disbelief as opportunities for a lasting peace and cooperation were squandered by "our side" with old cold war paranoia, schadenfreude and smug satisfaction as the Russians reached out with both arms on every levels of security and economic concerns.  Professional analysts will tell you that there has been a concerted and deliberate effort during the last decade to turn the world back to the height of the cold war. We now know that there were at least two occasions when the world was minutes away from nuclear Armageddon during the early Reagan era, but by the grace of God or chance it was averted by men of conscience.  I doubt we will be that lucky again. 

scrappy's picture

Very good comment.

My Mgt. Prof, ended up going there as a "Widrow Wilson" Scholar to "help rebuild institutions"

Seeing any irony above?

She seemed to be sincere, but of course was not.

Sad, the opportunity was missed.

I hope your last sentence proves to be wrong, but it would take a miracle and a lot of effort by many to achieve what most of us desire regarding this escalating dangerous situation.

Crash Overide's picture

Like Vlad or not he plays the game well.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Doubtful. None of TPTB wants to risk their own lives by starting a nuke attack. At least not the ones who possess a modicum of common sense.

Crap! We're screwed.