Geography and physics make it impossible for the NATO system to shoot down Russian intercontinental missiles from NATO's position in Romania and Poland. Their capabilities are too limited, their planned number is too small, and their location is too far away for it, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the official statement published on the NATO website.
"The aim of NATO missile defence is to protect our European Allies against the increasing threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles. The Iran framework agreement does not change that fact.
Russia also claims that NATO is escalating tensions by holding nuclear exercises in Eastern Europe. This is untrue. At no point have we moved nuclear weapons to Eastern Europe. Furthermore, NATO's nuclear posture is fully consistent with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. It is Russia that has started to use its nuclear weapons as a tool in its strategy of intimidation.
Russia has increased nuclear rhetoric and stepped up its nuclear exercises. Russian nuclear-capable bombers are flying close to Alliance borders. Russia has also threatened to base nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad and Crimea. This activity and this rhetoric do not contribute to transparency and predictability in the context of a dramatically changed security environment due to Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.
NATO is a defensive alliance, so in response to Russia's actions, we have increased our military presence in the eastern part of our Alliance. This presence is rotational, defensive, proportional and in line with our international commitments. NATO will defend all Allies against any threat," NATO's statement reads.