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2013.12.17 14:15

Lithuanian PM on missiles in Kaliningrad: No cause for concern

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.12.17 14:15

There’s no cause for concern for people in Lithuania over reports that Russia has stationed Iskander missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in its Kaliningrad region, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Tuesday.

There’s no cause for concern for people in Lithuania over reports that Russia has stationed Iskander missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in its Kaliningrad region, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister said inaccurate information was being spread in the public sphere, but he did not elaborate on the information he had.

“There’s no threat for either Lithuania or Latvia. Judging from the information I have, it’s definitely not the goal to purely build up military equipment closer to the Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian borders. (..) The information I have, I can assure you, differs from what was attempted to be presented to the public,” Butkevičius told the Lithuanian Radio.

“I can really reassure people not to be tense and worried about certain threats from Russia,” he said, adding that “the military equipment is moving from one point to another”.

The United States, Poland and Latvia on Monday expressed concern over media reports that missiles capable of reaching targets of up to 500km had been deployed in Kaliningrad.

Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas on Monday called the news “alarming” and an adviser to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday Russia’s actions were incompatible with its declared aspiration of closer co-operation with the European Union and NATO.

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