Iskanders in Baltic region: Why Russia's westernmost point is the front line of the new Cold War - International Business Times

16:17 Oct. 11, 2016

Why Russia's westernmost point is the front line of the new Cold War - International Business Times

A United Russia party election poster reading "Vote for Kaliningrad's interests" is installed for Dec. 4 parliamentary election in Kaliningrad, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo)

Baltic neighbours have expressed concern about deployment of nuclear-capable missiles to Kaliningrad

The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad has once again become the focus of Nato concerns after Moscow confirmed that it was deploying several nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to the region.

Located 300km to the west of Russia and bordered by the Nato states of Lithuania and Poland, the province is the westernmost point of Russia's military presence. Residents must travel through at least two European states using a special permit to reach Russia.

Read more Latvia strengthens its border with Russia

Seized by the Soviet Union in 1945, the region operated as a closed military zone after the Iron Curtain divided Europe between communism and capitalism.

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