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Russia: Nuclear Weapons

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th February 2018.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of claims by the President of Lithuania that Russia has the nuclear-capable Iskander missile system permanently deployed in its exclave of Kaliningrad.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

We are aware of the claims made by the President of Lithuania regarding Russian deployments to Kaliningrad. We are unable to confirm these claims but we remain concerned at Russia's ongoing military modernisation in Kaliningrad which risks raising tensions.

NATO's posture will remain proportionate and defensive in nature. We will continue to encourage Russia to engage constructively on military issues of concern through NATO-Russia dialogue. It is in our mutual interest to reduce the risk of misunderstanding, miscalculation, and unintended escalation.

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