General Frank Gorenc: “Russia now creates the strategy of limiting / blocking access. I do not remember anything else that would bother me as much as this strategy now and it worries me. Russian air defense in the Kaliningrad area increasingly threatens NATO military access to air space in parts Europe, including the skies over Poland”.
Published at Fakti.rs, translated by Mario Andrijasevic exclusively for SouthFront
The commander of US military aviation in Europe and Africa – General Frank Gorenc – said the increasingly powerful Russian air defense raises serious concerns about the US military aviation.
He said that the Pentagon is particularly concerned about Russian air defense system in the Kaliningrad region, a Russian enclave which borders Poland:
“Russia now creates the strategy of limiting / blocking access. I do not remember anything else that would bother me as much as this strategy now and it worries me. Russian air defense in the Kaliningrad area increasingly threatens NATO military access to air space in parts Europe, including the skies over Poland”.
The New York Times reports Gorenc´s claim that the Russian air defense system set up is stationed the way that “makes it difficult for us to access this zone”, or “the airspace surrounding territories such as the Baltic countries and Poland.”
“It is very serious. Of course, Russia has the right to place air defense system on its territory. However, the US and NATO will continue to keep them under surveillance and follow the increase of Russia’s military power in that area.”
Although Syria and Iraq are his “zone of responsibility”, Gorenc found it appropriate to say that Russia in the Middle East demonstrates the power of their latest weapons to Western countries: “It is obvious that Russia, with using cruise missiles and bombers wants to demonstrate its capabilities and influence on the course of events. Not only in this region but also in the whole world “.
What Gorenc withheld for New York Times was stated in the American newspaper The National Interest. He revealed that the Pentagon and the White House are most concerned about the possible arrival of “Iskander” and S-400 missile systems in Kaliningrad.
“It would be very serious. This would essentially determine the Russian enclave. “Iskander” missiles are very precise and have a range of 489 to 700 kilometers. ”
The National Interest quoted these words of Paul Saunders, executive director of Center for national interests: “When Russia spoke of” Iskander “in the Kaliningrad area – we thought it was just bragging. And as it turns out now, it was not so. “