To understand the full dynamic of what's happening, you need to first learn about the geography of Kaliningrad. This Russian territory sits on the Baltic Sea, providing Russia its only year-round ocean access that isn't frozen over for part of the year. Kaliningrad is land-locked, however, and not physically connected to the Russian mainland. A railway runs through Lithuania, connecting Kaliningrad to Russia proper. This railway passage has been in place for decades and has always been respected by Lithuania as Russia's right-of-way to supply Kaliningrad.
See this map from Encyclopedia Britannica. Kaliningrad is shown roughly in the center of this map, to the west of Lithuania:
Under pressure from NATO and the USA, Lithuania (a NATO member nation) has now blockaded about half the cargo on that railroad, essentially declaring an illegal wartime blockade of Kaliningrad. This is an act of war against Russia, and it violates EU rules allowing open access across borders.
Russia has demanded an immediate reversal of the blockade, with the Russian Foreign Ministry saying, "If in the near future cargo transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of the territory of the Russian Federation through Lithuania is not restored in full, then Russia reserves the right to take actions to protect its national interests." (SOURCE)
Kaliningrad is advantageously positioned to allow Russia to achieve denial-of-area military power projection over most of the Baltic republics, encompassing much of Germany and Poland, even using short-range missiles. Russia has the most advanced and modernized missile systems in the world, including the "Iskander" missile with a range of 500 km. Iskander missiles are launched from road-ready vehicles and are therefore mobile.
The Iskander missile system can carry nuclear warheads. It can also carry conventional warheads and even fuel-air explosives (thermobaric explosives) which can penetrate bunkers. Via WorldCrunch.com:
Vladimir Putin has put his nuclear forces on alert — a shock for many, but even more so for those just across the Polish border from Kaliningrad where Russian nuclear missiles are stationed, and aimed at European capitals from Warsaw to Berlin. The region, which is geographically separated from Russia and located by the Baltic Sea, is of vital importance to Moscow when it comes to threatening Europe — with nuclear weapons in particular.
NationalInterest.org also writes about the Iskander missile systems and why they matter. In an article entitled, "Why Russia's Iskander SRBM in Kaliningrad Is Such a Big Deal," the website explains:
From Kaliningrad, the Iskander can hit targets in Poland, parts of eastern Germany, southern Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, Belarus, and a great part of the Baltic Sea. ...From the exclave, Russia can hit targets in most of the Baltic Sea, threatening an important shipping route, and hit NATO targets.
Short-range nuclear missiles have been spotted in Kaliningrad going all the way back to 2011. Via NonProliferation.org:
Ten years ago, almost to a day, The Washington Times reported that Russia had possibly moved warheads for short-range Tochka-U (SS-23) short-range ground-launched missiles into Kaliningrad... The SS-23s in Kaliningrad that were a concern in 2001 are still there, but recent reports add a new wrinkle: the additional presence of new Iskander ground-launched missiles with the range close to 500 km.
The bottom line? Anyone messing with Kaliningrad is risking retaliation via Russia's highly-capable missiles.
Familiarize yourself with the following chart showing Russia's missile capabilities. The chart is sourced from the Center for Strategic International Studies:
This chart shows that Iskander missiles can reach Poland, Germany and several other Baltic nations. It also shows, more importantly, that Russia's RS-24 YARS ICBMs (noted as "SS-29 YARS" in the graphic, which uses NATO designations) can reach all of the continental United States, plus all of Europe. (The USA is pale white in the image above, a bit difficult to see but you'll see it if you look for it.)
In effect, Russia's ICBMs can reach any target in the Northern hemisphere of planet Earth.
What you need to know about the RS-24 YARS system is that:
In other words, the minute Russia decides it wants to wipe Western Europe and the USA off the map of history, it can easily do so with the RS-24 YARS missiles. And that doesn't even require use of the SARMAT ICBMs which are even larger and can deploy Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGVs) upon reentry.
The point of all this is that while the USA and NATO -- both run by insane, power-hungry neocons who respect no rule of law, no international treaties and no national sovereignty -- think they can beat Russia in a global thermonuclear war, they are just as delusional as they've been when trying to harm Russia with economic sanctions that have only devastated western nations.
If Biden forces Putin into a nuclear defense of Kaliningrad and Russia, the United States and NATO will be utterly destroyed by Russia's nuclear arsenal, even if it means Russia has to absorb a retaliatory strike (which it can survive due to anti-ICBM defense systems and a network of fallout shelters).
By trying to force Russia into a war with NATO, the USA's illegitimate, criminal cartel leaders (Biden, Obama, Clinton, Nuland, etc.) are thrusting the entire world into the very real potential for a nuclear apocalypse and the end of life as we know it on planet Earth. Importantly, the USA will lose such a world war badly, and the whole world will finally see how weak, pathetic and "woke" the US Pentagon has become. The US military is utterly incapable of winning even a single front war with Russia, not to mention a two-front war with Russia and China combined. And the Pentagon is far more concerned about paying for transgender surgeries for woke soldiers than actually teaching men how to fight.
That's why we must right now arrest the criminals who stole the 2020 election. Remove them from power. Prosecute them. Pull us back from the brink of nuclear war with Russia and reaffirm Russia's right to exist as a sovereign nation with its own interests and sphere of influence.
Yet we don't see any evidence whatsoever that the neocon lunatics running the Biden regime have any willingness to recognize Russia's right to exist. Thus, the entire world stands on the brink of disaster.
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