This beautiful map from Kommersant graphically demonstrates why Russia is concerned about the proposed US anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech republic.
If the US plan goes ahead as expected, high powered radars from Poland will be able to cover all of European Russia, and a good chunk of Siberia as well:
At the same time, it illustrates just why Central/Eastern Europe is such a perfect site for this anti-missile system.
- It’s directly in between any missiles that may be fired from Iran towards the US.
- It’s almost directly in between any missiles that might head towards Western Europe.
- It’s sufficiently far enough away to allow interceptors to be launched in good time.
- It’s perfectly placed to mesh with US-based radars covering the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
- Oh yes – and it just happens to have a bonus feature allowing sneak peaks into Russian airspace…
(Hat tip: Cyrill Vatomsky, who posts his thoughts on the issue here).