Sweden: Russia aggravates situation in the region
12:38, 11 October 2016

Sweden: Russia aggravates situation in the region

Stoltenberg called Iskander transfer to NATO borders as habitual behavior of the Russian Federation

12:38, 11 October 2016

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Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultkvist said that the transfer of Russian complexes Iskander-M in the Kaliningrad region will exacerbate the situation in the Baltic region. It is reported by Kommersant.

"We see this as a provocative signal policy, since it aggravates the situation across the region, especially when it comes to the possible carriers of nuclear warheads, which gives it a new dimension", the minister said.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that by placing Iskander-M missile systems in the Kaliningrad region Russia follows the usual line of conduct.

"Now I see that they place missiles Iskander-M in Kaliningrad region. This corresponds to the behavior that we have seen for a long time", said Stoltenberg at a conference in Passau, Germany.

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Jens Stoltenberg called for a constructive relationship with Russia, but NATO can engage in the dialogue with Moscow "only when all our allies are strong".

He noted that NATO has no plans to expand on the Eastern flank.

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