The famous Russian war correspondent, military reporter, and head of the WarGonzo YouTube project, Semen Pegov, has told RusVesna just how dangerous NATO’s presence in the Baltic states, particularly Estonia, is to regional security. According to Pegov, one mistaken launch of a rocket by a NATO plane could plunge Europe into war.
Pegov’s report follows the news that a Spanish air force Eurofighter Typhoon part of the NATO occupation forces in Estonia mistakenly launched a combat missile during training. This was confirmed by the press service of the Estonian military’s General Staff. The incident occurred over the village of Pangodi near the city of Otepaa.
When the rocket’s self-destruct system was activated to “cancel the mistake”, the missile should have exploded in the air. Instead, the rocket flew another 80 km and fell in a forest – reportedly only 40k from Estonia’s second largest city of Tartu. Estonian forces launched a search operation and warned residents not to touch or approach the missile if found.
The distance between the failed NATO missile and Russia was only 30 miles. It is still unclear whether the rocket has been recovered or not.
The military analyst Pegov commented: “As someone who has repeatedly observed aviation ammunition explode, I can say that there is absolutely nothing to laugh about here. The AIM-120 AMRAAM missile which was fired by the Spanish fighter over Estonia weighs no more nor less than 150 kg, and its warhead has no less than 20 kg of explosives.”
Pegov continued: “Thus, if detonated, the explosion would be heard within a radius of several dozen kilometers [that is, in Russia] and the smoke funnel could easily be seen from the air. If the missile has not been found yet, then most likely it did not explode, which is much worse and more dangerous…”
“Imagine if our Russian MiG’s, preparing for exercises in Mexico or Cuba at the US’ borders accidentally lost a missile,” Pegov posed the question, continuing: “My inner voice tells me that Washington would immediately call this an act of sabotage threatening security and stability in the region, and would throw all information resources it controls to talk of a large-scale cataclysm and Russian malevolence.”
For the Baltic states, Pegov believes, this incident is yet another occasion to seriously think about how filling the region with NATO bases, military equipment, and foreign armed forces threatens the security of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia themselves.