Russia deploys anti-aircraft missile systems around Moscow to protect the capital from attack in latest sign Putin is preparing for war

  • S-400 Triumph air defence system is being deployed around the city of Moscow
  • Mechanism has been providing air cover for Russia  in Syria since November
  • The news comes on the day the US sent more than 3,000 troops to Poland
  • Obama’s moved  in response to Nato’s concern Russia was showing aggression

Gareth Davies For Mailonline

Russia has deployed anti-aircraft missile systems around Moscow to protect the capital from attack in the latest sign Vladimir Putin is preparing for war. 

The s-400 Triumph air defence system has been providing air cover for Russian forces in Syria since November, and is now being deployed on home soil.

It is capable of hitting moving airborne targets including planes and incoming missiles and has a range of 400km.

The news has emerged the day the US sent more than 3,000 troops to Poland in response to Nato’s concern Russia was becoming more aggressive.

A truck carrying what is understood to be the air defence system near Moscow 

A truck carrying what is understood to be the air defence system near Moscow

Trucks line up in Moscow as the s-400 Triumph air defence system is set to be deployed

Trucks line up in Moscow as the s-400 Triumph air defence system is set to be deployed

A Russian military truck stands stationary in a field covered in snow near the Russian capital 

A Russian military truck stands stationary in a field covered in snow near the Russian capital

The s-400 air defence system has been providing air cover in Syria since November 2016

The s-400 air defence system has been providing air cover in Syria since November 2016

Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication told Interfax: ‘The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia.

‘The main task of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces is air defense and protecting vital state, military, industry and energy facilities, as well as the Armed Forces troops and transport communications, from aerospace attacks.’

The S-400 was designed as a protective mechanism against airstrikes. according to RT.

Defense Ministry’s Department of Information and Mass Communication confirmed the deoployment in Russia

The move comes as 3,000 US troops land in Poland amid growing fear of Russia's aggression

The move comes as 3,000 US troops land in Poland amid growing fear of Russia’s aggression

The US tanks and armoured vehicles have started arriving in Poland today as part of the biggest American military reinforcement in Europe for decades, according to the BBC.

Soldiers will carry out exercised in the Baltics as part of their tour as part of the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine.

Tours will last nine months before troops rotate, but whether or not they will remain under Trump’s regime remains to be seen.

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense, retired Marine General James Mattis, will face questions about his views on a wide range of topics at a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

He is widely admired within defense and foreign policy circles and is expected to easily win a vote of approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

3,000 US TROOPS ENTER POLAND FOR FIRST CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENT IN THE REGION

American soldiers are rolling into Poland, fulfilling a dream many Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have US troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.

US army vehicles and soldiers in camouflage crossed into south-western Poland on Thursday morning from Germany and were heading for Zagan, where they will be based.

The US and other Western nations have carried out exercises on Nato’s eastern flank, but this US deployment will be the first continuous deployment to the region by a Nato ally.

Despite the celebrations, a cloud also hangs over the historic moment: anxieties that the enhanced security could eventually be undermined by the pro-Kremlin views of President-elect Donald Trump.

Poland and the Baltic states are nervous about Russian assertiveness displayed in Ukraine and Syria.

The Kremlin said on Thursday it was concerned by what it described as a US military build-up in Poland, saying the move represented a threat to its national security.

Addressing reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia regarded the move as an aggressive step along its borders.

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