Russia deploys nuclear-capable missile system in Kaliningrad: reports

The Kremlin has stressed its sovereign right to deploy missiles on Russian territory after reports that the country deployed the Iskander nuclear-capable missile system in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea.

On Tuesday, Russia claimed the right to put weapons anywhere it chooses on its own territory after reports that the country had deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad drew criticism from its neighbors and NATO.

Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, and the missiles would be able to reach large parts of NATO members Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The president of Lithuania, which neighbors Kaliningrad, and a senior Russian lawmaker both said the missile systems had been deployed to the region. Russia has not confirmed the deployment. Asked about the reports on a conference call with journalists, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The deployment of one weapon or another, the deployment of military units and so forth on Russian territory, is exclusively a sovereign issue for the Russian Federation…

Read more : Deutsche Welle, 07.02.2018