Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite is seriously concerned about Russia deploying the Iskander nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad, a 'torn-off' part of Russia between Poland and Lithuania, since in case of hostilities they can reach many European cities, even Berlin, Euromaidan Press reports with reference to Espreso TV.
"The Baltic countries have taken a very strong position regarding Russia and now we can observe how Russia is deploying weapons and equipment near our borders, in the Kaliningrad region. In particular, the Iskander missile systems that are capable of reaching many European capitals, even Berlin," she said.
Therefore, in her view, it is impossible to discuss any easing or repeal of sanctions now.
The Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopach said recently that Putin wants to influence the decision on sanctions at the European Council meeting on March 19-20 by moving the Iskander systems to the Kaliningrad region, Euromaidan Press reports.
Earlier it was reported that the Iskander complexes will now be based in the Kaliningrad region as part of the sudden massive military drill launched on March 16, by order of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The missiles can be equipped with a nuclear or a conventional warhead.
It should be recalled that the Lithuanian Seimas decided to resume general military duty in view of recent world events. Every year the army will call up to 3-3.5 thousand people aged from 19 to 26 for military service. The training will last for 9 months. Within 5 years it is planned to prepare 17-22 thousand people.