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Poland criticized Russia for missiles deployment in Kaliningrad

Poland criticized Russia for missiles deployment in KaliningradRussia's move to deploy nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into the Kaliningrad enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania is an inappropriate response to NATO's activities in the region, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Monday.

"We believe that the Russian response, the moving of missiles, is an inappropriate response to NATO's activity," Waszczykowski said at a news conference.

Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles into the Kaliningrad enclave, Russia's Defence Ministry said on Saturday, adding it was part of routine drills.

NATO leaders are reportedly unhappy with what they perceive as an act of aggression near the borders of their member states.

"The deployment of missiles close to alliance borders that can carry nuclear warheads does not help to lower tensions. We need more - not less - transparency and predictability on military activities to avoid incidents and the risk of misunderstandings," a NATO representative told the German Press Agency.

Russia said it's not the first time they've used the nuclear missiles in training exercises. Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov shrugged off concerns, calling the move "not exceptional."
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