Former Putin-allied Russian president threatened to use Kalibr missiles if German tank factory is established in Ukraine

German Leopard II tanks in action during maneuvers in Augustdorf, Germany (REUTERS / Benjamin Westhoff / File) (Benjamin Westhoff /)

Vice President of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedevpromised this Saturday that the Russian Army will “welcome” with Kalibr missiles and “other fireworks” to the possible German tank factory in Ukraine.

That event will be celebrated with Kalibr fireworks and other pyrotechnics.”, Medvedev wrote on Telegram.

He considered that the news about the plans to build the plant reminds for the moment “a primitive trolling of the kyiv regime”.

The former Russian president made these statements after it became known that the German arms company Rheinmetall is negotiating the construction of a tank factory in Ukraine capable of producing about 400 tanks of the “Panther” type each year.

This was revealed by the head of the consortium armin paperger this Saturday in an interview.

The cost of building the plant is estimated at about €200 millionPapperger told the German regional daily Rheinische Post.

Talks with the Ukrainian government are “promising” and he is counting on a decision within the next two months, he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin;  and vice president of the Russian Security Council, Dmitri Medvedev (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin; and Vice President of the Russian Security Council, Dmitri Medvedev (Reuters) (Sputnik Photo Agency /)

missiles Calibr are a family of missiles high precision and range Designed in Russia. One of their main characteristics is that they are very versatile because they can be installed on ships, submarines, naval and coastal defense. They were originally developed by the design bureau novator for the Soviet Navy in 1983, with the anti-ship missile Alpha.

It was presented at the 1993 International Aviation and Space Salon. Later, the Alfa missile was the basis for the 3M-54 Caliber (OCD Caliber) complemented by other missiles such as the RK-55.

These missiles fly to very few meters above sea level and they have the ability to change course or direction to hinder their interception. They are guided by the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system and have a range of up to 2,600 kilometers.

In another order, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyexpressed the hope that the accession negotiations to the European Union (EU) can begin this year, as he stated after meeting with the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsolain Lviv.

“Ukraine aspires to complete the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission as soon as possible and start accession negotiations now to the EU this year”, he wrote after the meeting on his Telegram channel.

In addition, he thanked Metsola for his “leadership” in support of Ukraine and the “important decisions” taken by the European Parliament, in particular the resolution supporting the decision to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for accession.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius visits a military base where Ukrainian soldiers are trained to use Leopard tanks destined for Ukraine, in Muster, Germany (REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer)
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius visits a military base where Ukrainian soldiers are trained to use Leopard tanks destined for Ukraine, in Muster, Germany (REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer) (FABIAN BIMMER/)

For her part, the President of the European Parliament sent a message of perseverance from her Twitter account. “Over the last year I have learned a lot about Ukraine. But perhaps the most important lesson is the one that formulated [el poeta ucraniano] Taras Sevchenko: ‘Keep fighting and you’re sure to win‘. This is as true when it comes to the search for peace and freedom as it is in life,” she wrote.

Before meeting with the Ukrainian president, the conservative politician laid flowers “on behalf of the Europeans” in a cemetery to honor the victims of the war. “we will remind themhe promised.

Zelensky traveled yesterday to Lviv, in western Ukraine, to participate in an international conference on existing mechanisms to prosecute the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Metsola traveled to the western Ukrainian city after visiting Kiev on Friday, where he met with the spokesman for the Ukrainian Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, and promised that cooperation between the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Parliament “will continue to strengthen.”

(With information from EFE)

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