FAST FIVE: Pentagon Increases Surveillance Of Russia's Kaliningrad As Nuclear Tensions Heighten

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Pentagon Increases Surveillance Of Russia's Kaliningrad As Nuclear Tensions Heighten Authored by by Kyle Anzalone & Connor Freeman via The Libertarian Institute, The United States has carried out multiple surveillance flights this week around Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave located on the Baltic Sea coast.

The American spy planes are likely assessing Moscow's nuclear weapons activity as the two sides step up threats and warnings over the ongoing war in Ukraine.  During the past week, at least three Boeing RC-135s have circled Kaliningrad – a small piece of land sandwiched between NATO members Lithuania and Poland – according to data collected by flight tracking site RadarBox.

All but two of NATO's 30 signatories have formally approved membership for Stockholm and Helsinki, with Turkey and Hungary now the only remaining hold-outs.

After receiving threats from the Kremlin and pressure from the European Union, however, Lithuania relaxed most of the restrictions.  The increased surveillance flights come as Western leaders voice concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin could order a nuclear strike on Ukraine or one of its neighbors.

Politico recently reported that Western intelligence agencies “are stepping up efforts to detect any Russian military moves or communications that might signal that Putin has ordered the use of nuclear weapons.” Tyler Durden Fri, 09/30/2022 – 06:30.

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