Russia Tells Pentagon Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Nose After Boast It Could Shut Down Kaliningrad

US jets "only invisible to US Taxpayers" -- the Russian military

It goes without saying that the US and Russia both have many, many plans to attack one another. Generally speaking, however, it’s been treated as bad form to bring them up, and worse form to brag about them”

Russia has hit back after the United States military claimed it could take down advanced air defenses in the Kaliningrad region and reportedly practiced doing so earlier this year.

General Jeff Harrigan, Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, told reporters this month that “if we have to go in there to take down, for instance, the Kaliningrad IADS [Integrated Air Defense System], let there be no doubt we have a plan to go after that,” according to Breaking Defense. He added: “We train to that. We think through those plans all the time, and… if that would ever come to fruition, we’d be ready to execute.”

While the top official did not go into details, he said such an operation “would be a multi-domain, very timely and effective.” The National Interest published a follow-up piece Thursday, citing a previous exercise in which independent imagery analyst Stephen Watkins said B-52 strategic bombers carried out a mock missile attack on Kaliningrad in March.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded Friday, calling Harrigan’s words “a threat” and “absolutely irresponsible” as Moscow reacted with outrage.

The Russian diplomat told a press conference that the U.S. comments were indicative of “how easy it is for the political elite, in particular in the United States, to deal with such serious and very complex issues as world security and stability, acting in an irresponsible manner on the basis of political and market considerations, including, as we understand, its own electoral processes.”

“The main thing is that all this is an indicator of not only irresponsibility, but also stupidity,” she added. “Smart, far-sighted people who truly express the interests of the people who appoint or elect them to their respective positions will never make such statements, realizing that they cause reputational damage to the country they represent.”

She then referred reporters to the Russian Defense Ministry, which issued its own statement, arguing that “Russia’s Kaliningrad Region is well protected from any aggressive ‘plans’ being developed in Europe by visiting American generals,” according to the ministry’s official news outlet, Zvezda. The ministry argued that air defenses deployed to the Baltic exclave could track and neutralize any incoming jets sent by the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance.

“This fully applies to the ‘invisible’ fifth-generation American fighters, which are invisible only for American taxpayers and foreign buyers,” the ministry added, noting NATO member Turkey’s decision to risk its F-35 purchase by acquiring Russia’s advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The statement said Harrigan’s words should cause concern for U.S. soldiers as “all plans look good until a battle begins.”

Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov also spoke out against the remarks, telling the state-run Tass Russian News Agency that “we are not going to be engaged with invitations but we certainly have no fear.” He added: “We host the Baltic Fleet’s main base. Given the morale and the technical prowess of the troops in Kaliningrad, I wouldn’t advise anyone to risk messing with our military.”

The politician also recommended “that all U.S. generals read some history books about those who plotted against the Russian state and the consequences they had to face because the Russian people know how to respond to every American general who has plans. I think history should have taught our partners and opponents a lesson long ago.”

Source: Newsweek

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  3. Mikhail Garchenko says

    In their idiotic, delusional minds, or in their stupid computer simulations, “maybe”. Don´t mess with “The Bear”, please.

  4. JustPassingThrough says

    the general lives at Ramstein.
    how long would he last?
    another hollywood hero.

    as for reading history?
    the murikans rewrite history into their own twisted image.
    remember the alamo. lol

  5. Inferior says

    Well these Jewcons will fight any country to the last Muricunts for sure. Bring the popcorn out and let the roasting begin.

  6. CHUCKMAN says

    Why are American generals so free anymore about public discussion of such matters?

    There was a time they kept their mouths shut.

  7. Mary E says

    Thats right, you fool! Blab all the things you know how to do and we will know what you DONT know! Where did all this bombastic loudmouthing come from? Well, it is the norm for the Americans, but very very poor judgment…now we know where you aren’t planning to bomb….dingdong

  8. ArcAngel says

    I love FM Spokeswoman Maria.
    There really is no one like her in International politics.

    As for the US claims, I can only laugh my a$$ off.
    The Pentagon has gone completely clownish, and General J. Harrigan, Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe is wearing a giant dunce cap.
    I have no doubt the US “won” its attack, having been ‘played out’ in a highly scripted “war game” in the bowels of the Rand Corp building.

    Thanks for the huge belly laugh “Newsweak”

  9. Dale Ferguson says

    Every dog who raises its leg to wet on some target. Has to expose its very sensitive underbelly to a boot!

    1. Les Duffey says

      I really like your anecdote, never heard that one before.

  10. John Rourke says

    If talking won battles, the Americans would win all the time.

  11. John C Carleton says

    No need to involve the peoples from both countries in this little zionist feline house spat.
    This is easily taken care of.

    Putin, Trump, Pistols, Ten paces each, turn, fire!
    My moneys on Putin.

    1. Mike from Ramsbottom says

      Trump is a much bigger and a much more colourfully orange target. And Putin has had weapon training. It just wouldn’t be fair. Or would it?

      1. John C Carleton says

        It is not fair to force Tumps spastic twittering and his subservience of America to the little RothsRat run crime Cabal of Israhell on Americans.

        Perhaps Trump would like to emigrate to Trump Village in occupied Palestine, built on the blood and bodies of Holocausted Semitic Palestinians in their own Ancestral Home Land.

  12. che guevera says

    What a classy response from Maria Zakharova, she is such a perfect spokes person for Russia, she exudes culture, intelligence, moral training and beauty and can speak thus off the cuff with the full confidence of the Kremlin.

  13. Vish says

    America is just begging to suffer a hellacious ass-kicking that they will never recover from.

    It’s almost like the Americans have a secret suicide wish, given how much taunting and shit-talk they specialize in.

    Like the German Third Reich before it, the American Fourth Reich has delusions about taking on Russia.

    And the Americans may just suffer the same fate as Hitler’s German Empire.

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