Russia Tells Pentagon Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Nose After Boast It Could Shut Down Kaliningrad
Russia Tells Pentagon Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Nose After Boast It Could Shut Down Kaliningrad by Tom O’Connor for Check Point Asia
US jets “only invisible to US Taxpayers” — the Russian military
“It goes without saying that the US and Russia both have many, many plans to attack one another. Generally speaking, however, it’s been treated as bad form to bring them up, and worse form to brag about them”
Russia has hit back after the United States military claimed it could take down advanced air defenses in the Kaliningrad region and reportedly practiced doing so earlier this year.
General Jeff Harrigan, Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, told reporters this month that “if we have to go in there to take down, for instance, the Kaliningrad IADS [Integrated Air Defense System], let there be no doubt we have a plan to go after that,” according to Breaking Defense. He added: “We train to that. We think through those plans all the time, and… if that would ever come to fruition, we’d be ready to execute.”
While the top official did not go into details, he said such an operation “would bea multi-domain, very timely and effective.” The National Interest published a follow-up piece Thursday, citing a previous exercise in which independent imagery analyst Stephen Watkins said B-52 strategic bombers carried out a mock missile attack on Kaliningrad in March.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded Friday, calling Harrigan’s words “a threat” and “absolutely irresponsible” as Moscow reacted with outrage.
The Russian diplomat told a press conference that the U.S. comments were indicative of “how easy it is for the political elite, in particular in the United States, to deal with such serious and very complex issues as world security and stability, acting in an irresponsible manner on the basis of political and market considerations, including, as we understand, its own electoral processes.”
“The main thing is that all this is an indicator of not only irresponsibility, but also stupidity,” she added. “Smart, far-sighted people who truly express the interests of the people who appoint or elect them to their respective positions will never make such statements, realizing that they cause reputational damage to the country they represent.”