Russia switches on missile detection radar

November 30th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Moscow, Nov 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Russia has turned its missile detection radar on in response to US and NATO’s effort to install missile shield in Europe. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was in the Baltic region’s Kaliningrad town where he personally ordered for the radar to be switched on.

Russia has always objected to the US missile shield plan which is expected to be completed by 2020. The country has threatened on previous occasions that they may take steps to ensure their interest. During a speech at his visit to Kaliningrad, Medvedev warned that the response was Russia’s first to the United States and NATO.

He was reported by the Russian media as saying that, “If our signal is ignored… we will deploy other means of defense including the adoption of tough counter-measures and the deployment of a strike group.”

He warned that the country will take further steps if the initial warning is ignored. NATO and the United States have always maintained that the missile shield system is for threats outside Europe from countries like Iran.

The Russian military say the Voronezh DM radar system has the range of 6,000km which is enough to cover the entire European continent.

Some political analysts say Medvedev’s threats are political ahead of the presidential polls that comes up next year.

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