Russia has unequivocally declared its intent to undertake comprehensive military-technical measures in response to the anticipated deployment of American F-35 fighters, capable of carrying nuclear ordnance, to the United Kingdom.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko conveyed this stance during an interview with the RIA Novosti agency at the Eurasian Economic Forum, emphasizing that the transfer of these advanced American aircraft to British soil constitutes a significant escalation of military pressure on Russia.
Mr. Grushko contextualized this move within the broader framework of NATO's activities, characterizing a discernible pattern of intensified exercises and expanded operational reach. He pointed out that upcoming months would witness a series of exercises, all of which, he asserted, form part of NATO's strategy to contain Russia.
In light of these developments, he confirmed that Russia would not hesitate to employ the requisite military-technical safeguards, underlining the nation's unwavering commitment to ensuring its national security.
F-35s are slated to replace the existing F-15s stationed at the base
Grushko emphasized that Russia would meticulously factor in this aircraft delivery when formulating military plans and devising training protocols for its armed forces. The potential strategic implications of such a deployment demand careful consideration, and Russia is poised to respond accordingly.
This decision by the United States to station 54 F-35A aircraft, equipped for nuclear warfare, at Britain's Lakenheath air base, comes as part of a broader realignment within the United States' military assets. These F-35s are slated to replace the existing F-15s stationed at the base, marking a significant shift in the operational capabilities and strategic focus of the facility.
In a separate development, the British government announced in mid-October that construction of a specialized hangar for servicing the F-35 aircraft had been successfully completed. This infrastructure enhancement underscores the commitment of the United Kingdom to host and support these advanced aircraft, which will significantly bolster the nation's defense capabilities and its contributions to NATO's collective security efforts.
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