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Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad - U.S. intelligence official
October 7, 2016 / 9:16 PM / in 10 months

Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad - U.S. intelligence official

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A general view shows the Baltic Sea port of Kaliningrad, Russia, July 18, 2015.Maxim Shemetov/File Picture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia is moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad, a tiny Russian enclave sitting between Poland and Lithuania, a U.S. intelligence official said Friday, confirming Estonian news reports.

Russia's reasons for shipping the 500-kilometer-range Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad "could be innocuous," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"They moved a similar missile system to Kaliningrad in 2014 for a military exercise. It could also be a political gesture - a show of strength - to express displeasure with NATO," said the official.

Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by James Dalgleish

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