Russia-NATO tensions: Russia reportedly moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad - Reuters

14:14 Oct. 8, 2016

Russia reportedly moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad - Reuters

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016: A 9P78-1 Iskander-M guided missile system (L) and a Bastion coastal defence missile system displayed at an exhibition in Vladivostok (GettyImages Photo)

A possible show of strength from Moscow, a US intel official said

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 recent Estonian news reports.

Read also: Russia to deploy Iskander missiles in Europe's backyard to counter NATO

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.

Read also: Romania stresses defensive nature of NATO missile shield amid Russian nuke threats

Russia has repeatedly said it will respond to a challenge that 'NATO eastern expansion' represents. 

Reporting by Reuters

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