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Russia threatens to deploy nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad: report

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Paweł Kononczuk 08.05.2016 08:20
Russia has threatened to mount nuclear warheads on new Iskander missiles and base them in its Kaliningrad exclave bordering Poland, according to an article in the New York Times.

The report comes as NATO is expected to beef up its presence in Central and Eastern Europe.

The New York Times said some officials in NATO countries, including in Poland, “believe that Moscow already has nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad, and will wait to announce that deployment in response to an operational [NATO European] missile defense, or as Moscow’s riposte” to a July NATO summit to be held in Warsaw.

The NYT “Letter from Europe” article said the Western military alliance is planning to deploy four combat battalions of around 1,000 soldiers each in Poland and the three Baltic States.

Two of the battalions are likely to be American, one German and one British, the article said, adding that Washington would add a third combat brigade in Europe.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recently said that NATO is considering deploying some 4,000 troops on a rotating basis to strengthen the alliance’s eastern flank. (pk)

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