In a move that can only be described as preparations of war, Russia has deployed anti-aircraft missile systems around Moscow to protect their capital from being attacked. While the carrier has been providing air cover for Russian forces in Syria since November, it has only now been deployed on Russian soil.
The s-400 Triumph air defence system is capable of hitting moving air targets including planes and other incoming missiles. It’s range reaches to 400km.
Soon after the U.S deployed over 3,000 troops to Poland in response to alleged concerns that Russia was becoming more aggressive, the missiles were deployed. According to the Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication,
‘The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia.
‘The main task of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces is air defense and protecting vital state, military, industry and energy facilities, as well as the Armed Forces troops and transport communications, from aerospace attacks.’
RT reported that the S-400 system was designed to protect against incoming airstrikes.
The U.S tanks and soldiers that have recently arrived in Poland as a part of the biggest deployment the Russian border has seen since the last cold war will carry out military exercises as a continued part of the Obama administration’s response to Russian intervention in the Ukraine.
Each tour is set to last 9 months, and then to rotate. Of course, with the new U.S President set to take over the oval office in only a matter of days, it could be possible to see this all change. Unfortunately, however, the military industrial complex oftentimes obtains exactly what it wants. If war with Russia is the goal, then it is possible that the President-elect may be left as powerless over the situation. The newest secretary of defense, retired Marine General James Mattis will soon face questions regarding his opinions on the matter. As this all pans out, the situation will hopefully become clearer, but until then, we can only hope that something will prevent this conflict from escalating any further.