RUSSIA has deployed nuclear missiles right on its frontier with Europe as Vladimir Putin sends a message to NATO.
By Henry Holloway / Published 6th February 2018
Nuclear-capable missiles were confirmed to have been shipped into the Kaliningrad enclave yesterday by Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite.
Putin’s eastern-most territory, the small patch of land lies separate the rest of Russia, and sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland.
Russia’s new missile deployment has been warned to pose a major threat amid tensions between Putin and the West.
However, Moscow hit back claiming the move is a matter of concern only for Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “I want to remind you that the placement of particular armaments and the deployment of specific military units on Russian territory are solely the sovereign issue of Russia.”
A huge military exercise has been staged in the Kamchatka region of far eastern Russian, where more than 1,000 Russian infantrymen from the National Guard of the Russian Federation took part in drills and training.
NATO commanders believe the 6,000 square mile region is one of the most strategically essential in the entirety of Europe.
It is the most militarised zone on the continent and is home to missiles, tanks, warships, soldiers, bases and listening posts.
Lithuania’s intelligence agencies revealed the Iskander missile launchers had been deployed into Kaliningrad.
The region is well known for hosting war games, but defence minister Raimundas Karoblis said “this time the situation is different”.
Short-range and nuclear capable, the missiles would play a key role in any war with NATO – and Karoblis said they appear to being stationed permanently.
President Grybauskaite said: “Iskander missiles are being stationed in Kaliningrad for permanent presence as we speak.
“This is not just a threat to Lithuania, but to half of all European countries.”
NATO battalions are often station in Lithuania, with a German-led force currently on alert in the nation.
Wuensdorf housed a Russian military base until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Situated 50kms south of Berlin, the site now lies derelict, although photographers can gain access for a small fee.
Putin’s defence boss Vladimir Shamanov confirmed the missiles deployment and claimed it was in response to a NATO build-up near Russia.
It is the latest move in an escalation of tension between the two, with Britain’s top general warning Putin is now a “clear and present danger” in a bombshell report last month.
NATO and Russia routinely accuse the other of aggression while they punch and counterpunch in shifting thousands of troops along with tanks, warplanes and warships to the border of Europe.