NI: Kaliningrad has become Russia's "best weapon" against NATO

The existence of a Russian enclave like Kaliningrad gives Moscow great advantages. With the help of this strip of land, Russia can manage the dynamics of relations with NATO, increasing or decreasing pressure on the Alliance countries. Kaliningrad has become the "best weapon" of the Russian Federation, writes the American edition of The National Interest.

In 1945, the USSR took control of East Prussia and, following the results of World War II, part of it became part of it. Stalin was not inclined to leave this strategically important territory to Germany. This is how the Kaliningrad region appeared. Since 1991, it has been separated from the rest of the Russian Federation, making it vulnerable. But Russia has figured out how to protect its region.

Now, when Moscow needs it, it puts on spectacular shows, deploying in Kaliningrad some other weapon that frightens its neighbors. The region, located in the heart of the Western bloc, has already accumulated a whole arsenal that poses a serious threat.

Moscow has deployed there the S-400 air defense system - one of the most effective air defense systems in the world. These complexes can operate at ranges of up to 400 km, which makes air cover for NATO operations in the Baltic a very difficult task. In addition, the S-400 can also be used as an offensive weapon. For example, they can paralyze civil air traffic of a potential enemy, causing great harm to him the economy.

Kaliningrad also hosts Iskander-M missile systems, the real characteristics of which have not yet been established, but they can potentially overcome any air defense / missile defense system. In the West, they do not know if these complexes can use nuclear warheads. But even with the usual ones, they can easily disrupt mobilization plans in neighboring countries.

However, whatever threat Kaliningrad poses to the Alliance, it cannot last long and will only have a temporary effect. Moscow has no reliable means of long-term defense for the enclave, other than an offensive that would open a corridor to Belarus.

Russia has superiority over the Baltic states and Poland, but NATO forces will undoubtedly focus on an early seizure of Kaliningrad if necessary. The alliance will subject the enclave to powerful cyberattacks and missile strikes to rob the Russians of the initiative.
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  1. Bulanov Online Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 24 November 2020 14: 25
    Any attack on Kaliningrad is the beginning of a war with all subsequent processes ... Russia will only defend itself, right up to Lisbon, or London.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 24 November 2020 15: 21
      The Americans are specifically promoting the topic of Kaliningrad, as if emphasizing the foreign territory inherited by the results of WWII - propaganda war in its purest form ... There is only one conclusion, you need to be strong, otherwise everything will be gnawed off ...
  2. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 24 November 2020 15: 53
    Well, there, in the Kaliningrad exclave, not only was it "imposed on the outside", but also from the inside, "in the long run" - "quietly", "partners" are carrying out subversive work!
    There were enough of all kinds of zapadoidny "clubs of fans of the history of Konigsberg" there before! But now, in the boundlessly communicative (the dream of intelligence and extremist "revolutionaries" has come true!) "Era of the Internet" and the Naglo-Saxon neo-colonial "export of revolutions", all these "quivering amateurs" have found their special "new breath (ideological direction)" and " targeted funding (overseas) "- with an eye on the" color revolution "and" referendum for the peaceful accession to Germany "! fool
    As the sad experience of the USSR during the "Gorbachev reforms" has shown, military superpower is by no means a 100% guarantee against betrayal, alas! request
    It is by no means a "fact" that the frankly feeble-minded and faint-hearted "leaders", Judas Gorby or the "holy" EBN, if they held out a little longer at the "helm of power" the return "or the sale of the Kaliningrad exclave to Germany (and with the venal" return "of the Kuril Islands to Japan, after all, they almost" thought out "it, it was not for nothing that the Japanese were so" over-excited by the northern territories "then, at the end of the" perestroika "1980s, in the" holy 90s ", .. ..?!) ??! winked
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 24 November 2020 16: 26
    Stalin was not inclined to leave this strategically important territory to Germany

    They also forgot to remind that this territory was completely cleared of the Germans, having been deported to Germany. Therefore, there is really no one to buzz there. Without destroying Kaliningrad, attacking Russia is suicide. Thanks to Comrade Stalin for our peaceful sky!
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 25 November 2020 14: 16
      The main war has moved into the minds, here are the Westerners experts, brainwashing has been going on for twenty years in the Kaliningrad region, and the results are already visible ... After all, Ukraine was made anti-Russian in 20 years, of course, with the connivance of the Kremlin prisoners ...
  4. Mikhail Petrov Offline Mikhail Petrov
    Mikhail Petrov (Mikhail Petrov) 24 November 2020 16: 46
    Inhabitants of that region still prefer to stock up on cheaper and better quality food in NATO (Poland and Lithuania), and if the West cuts off oxygen for them, then they will just run there (to the food), leaving Putin's miracle weapon.