NATO Concerned Over Russia's Latest Arms Deployments Near Bloc's Borders

© REUTERS / Jerzy DudekNATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media outside PGE National Stadium, the venue of the NATO Summit, in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media outside PGE National Stadium, the venue of the NATO Summit, in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016. - Sputnik International
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NATO member states are extremely concerned over Russia conducting military exercises and deploying arms near the alliance’s borders, after Moscow deployed missile systems in Kaliningrad, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Last week, media reports cited a source in the US intelligence saying that Russia was deploying Iskander-M mobile missile systems in Kaliningrad, Russia's enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania. The Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov confirmed the reports, saying that Moscow made no secret of sending the missile systems to Kaliningrad as their movement within the country was a standard army practice.

"In recent weeks Russia has deployed missile systems closer to alliance borders that could carry nuclear weapons. This is part of a pattern of large-scale military activity and exercises close to our borders. Allies are deeply concerned about this behavior," Stoltenberg told a press conference.

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