Poland concerned about Russian missiles sent to Kaliningrad

Poland concerned about Russian missiles sent to Kaliningrad

From Kaliningrad, the range of the system reaches from southern Poland to central Finland.

"Russia is holding military exercises in Kaliningrad, and its scenario includes deployment of Iskander missile systems and the possibile use of them".

The Iskander-M, the Persian name for Alexander the Great, is a ballistic rocket system created to destroy strategic targets, and its stationing is arguably in breach of the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty.

Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz expressed concern on Saturday after reports that Russian Federation is deploying ballistic missiles to its Kaliningrad exclave between Poland and Lithuania, a move confirmed by Moscow later in the day.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said that Moscow made no secret of sending Iskander missile systems to Russia's Kaliningrad region as their moving within the country is a standard army practice. The ship, called the Ambal, was due to dock on Friday; reports of the cargo came from Estonian government sources.

"We exposed one Iskander before loading it on the Ambal [a cargo carrier] right under a U.S. reconnaissance satellite flying above in order to verify the parameters of that space apparatus".

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.

The United States on Friday called for Russian Federation 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.

"These types of moves by Russian Federation are making the Europeans and the U.S. nervous". It's a very tried way to pressure the West.

Schindler continued, "An Iskander-M based in Kaliningrad can strike targets deep in Poland and across the whole Baltic region".

There was no immediate comment from Russian Federation on the reports but Moscow had threatened to place a missile system in Kaliningrad, on the doorstep of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

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