Russia has placed nuclear Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, which borders Poland and Lithuania, according to reports in Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.
Izvestia appears to be confirming German newspaper reports this weekend that missiles were visible near the Polish border on satellite imagery.
The news of the advanced placement has caused alarm in the Baltic states, wary of Russian militarism after decades of dominance by the Soviet Union.
Russia announced in 2011 that it would place missiles in Kaliningrad to counter Nato’s plans for a Western anti-missile shield.
Russia claims that Nato’s system aims to neutralise any threat from its missiles by intercepting them mid-flight. But Moscow sees the missile shield as a threat to its nuclear deterrent, claiming it upsets the fine strategic balance which has kept East and West locked in a nuclear stalemate since the end of the cold war.