Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director of the Center for European and International Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and an expert from the Valdai Club, named the steps that Russia could have implied when it warned the West about the possible deployment of missiles “closer to the shores of the United States.” In a conversation with Lenta.ru, it was assumed that we could talk about sea and air-based missiles, and not about deploying weapons on the victims.
He stressed that ground-based missiles are more visible and, from this point of view, less effective. “Even if it is hypothetically stated that Russia may try to link something somewhere, it will simply place targets for American strikes,” the political scientist explained.
Thus, in the near future, more frequent appearance of Russian submarines equipped with Kalibr medium-range missiles, which cover a nuclear charge, may begin on the territory. In addition, Russia can more often deploy its strategic air force with missiles on board towards American borders. According to Suslov, such steps will not be pre-emptive, and responses will be received from the United States for the next steps, and the danger of repeating his policies will be assigned to the Washington District.
Earlier, The New York Times reported a reference to sources close to the talks between Russia and NATO that Russian diplomats had hinted at moving nuclear missiles “closer to US shores” if the talks failed. According to the interlocutor of the publication, Moscow will go for it if the West does not accept the Kremlin’s demands for security guarantees in Europe.