“Russia will have no other choice but to boost its military potential along its western borders,” says Russian General Yury Yakubov as quoted by Russian Interfax news agency. Yakubov is a senior defense ministry official. His statement comes after New York Times reported that United States is poised to pre-position battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons in Baltic and Eastern European countries.
“It will be the Pentagon’s and NATO’s most aggressive step since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago,” the Russian general added.
“Firstly, the forces stationed along the perimeter of Russia’s western border will be strengthened to include forming new tank and artillery capabilities,” Yakubov said. “The missile brigade in the Kaliningrad region is also going to be rearmed faster to begin using the new tactical missile systems – Iskander.”
US war equipment to be pre-positioned can equip three to five thousand soldiers. Countries where US war machines may be stored are Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
“The U.S. military continues to review the best location to store these materials in consultation with our allies,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven H. Warren said. “At this time, we have made no decision about if or when to move to this equipment.”