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Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles on NATO doorstep

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Russia is again deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into its Kaliningrad outpost bordering two NATO members, Lithuania said Saturday, warning the move was aimed at pressuring the West into making concessions over Syria and Ukraine.

“Russia is holding military exercises in Kaliningrad, and its scenario includes deployment of Iskander missile systems and the possibile use of them. We are aware of it,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told AFP.

He said modified Iskander missiles had a range of up to 700 kilometres (440 miles) which means they could reach German capital Berlin from the Russian exclave, which is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.

Moscow also sent Iskanders to Kaliningrad in 2015 as part of a series of mammoth military drills amid heightened tensions with the West over Ukraine.

Linkevicius said that this time he thought Moscow was using the move to “seek concessions from the West”.

Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz Saturday in Warsaw called Russia’s “activities very alarming”, but declined to say whether he knew about any fresh deployment of Iskanders to Kaliningrad.

Estonian media reported on Friday that Russia was shipping Iskanders on a civilian vessel in the Baltic sea.

Linkevicius declined to comment on the details.

Tensions between Russia and the West have escalated to their worst level since the Cold War in recent years after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and launched a military campaign in Syria.

Since the start of the Ukraine crisis in 2014, Russia has flexed its muscles with a series of war games involving tens of thousands of troops in areas bordering NATO Baltic states.

NATO responded by agreeing to deploy four battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as of next year to bolster its eastern flank.

The United States on Friday called for Russia and Syria to be investigated for war crimes for the bombing of hospitals in Aleppo, and accused Moscow of trying to “interfere” with the American presidential election.



4 Comments
  • ZarkoI

    So what, they can keep nukes on their own land. Look at what the US did placing nukes in Romania, and Poland supposedly to protect Europe from Iran…lol. You play with fire you will get burned, Russia is not Libya, or Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Serbia.

  • samosei

    You are always pro CNN in your news…remember weapons of mass destruction in Iraq…

  • vic

    WAR MONGER COWBOYS LOOKING FOR TROUBLES ALL OVER THE WORLD??? MORE THAN NINE THOUSAND RUSSIAN NUCLEAR MISSILES ARE ENOUGH TO BURN AMERICA ONE HUNDRED TIMES. SO DO NOT EVER DARE TO CREATE MISCHIEF OR MESS UP WITH RUSSIA KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY. IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF AMERICA TO FIND COMMON GROUNDS WITH RUSSIA ON PEACE. RUSSIA IS NOT IRAQ OR LIBYA. RUSSIA IS MORE THAN READY TO CONFRONT USA IF NEED BE. SURELY, CHINA WILL JOIN RUSSIA TO DEAL WITH USA.

  • vic

    GOOD DICKS AND USA CAN SIT ON THEM.