Russia denies deploying nuclear warheads near NATO states
A top Russian commander on Tuesday dismissed a US newspaper report suggesting that Moscow had moved tactical nuclear warheads to within miles of its border with NATO countries as recently as late spring.
"We never deployed any nuclear missiles in the Kaliningrad region," Chief of the General Staff commander Nikolai Makarov said in reference to the Russian enclave on Poland's border, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The Wall Street Journal cited US officials who described the movements and cautioned that they ran foul of pledges Moscow made as early as 1991 to remove the weapons from outposts near Eastern European NATO allies such as Poland.
The Russian deployments of the weapons was being seen as an apparent hedge against the system of US-NATO missile defence installations in countries that border Russia, the newspaper's Tuesday edition said.
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