Dec 17, 2013

U.S. Raises Concerns Over Russia's Baltic Missiles

U.S. officials said they have communicated concerns to Russia that its deployment of nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad would have a destabilizing effect on the region bordering Europe.
Russia recently moved short-range Iskander missiles into Kaliningrad. The State Department didn't say when or precisely where the missiles were deployed or how the Obama administration had communicated its concerns.
Kaliningrad isn't contiguous with Russia. It shares borders with Poland and Lithuania. Both of those countries, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Russian officials have said in the past that the country would deploy missiles in response to U.S.-led NATO missile-defense plans in Europe. The U.S. expects to put land-based missile interceptors in northern Poland by 2018 as part of a system to defend against Iran.

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