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Stationing of the nuclear-capable Iskander missile system in the Russian Kaliningrad region between Lithuania and Poland indicates assertive behavior on the Moscow side, NATO's top-ranking General Salvatore Farina said in Vilnius on October 20.
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"We don't want to escalate it from our side but it is a concern. It is representing again the continuous assertive behavior by Russia. This is taken account in our plans, as well," Farina, the commander of the Joint Force Command Brunssum, told Vilnius journalists at the Joint Staff.

Nearly two weeks ago, Moscow confirmed deployment of the Iskander systems in Kaliningrad for training. Russia's Defence Ministry stated that the missiles had been deployed there in the past and would be stationed in Kaliningrad in the future.

Farina said he had no data to prove that the systems had been brought to the enclave on a permanent basis.

During a visit in Finland earlier this week, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė stated that Iskander stationing in Kaliningrad "means aggressive, open, demonstrative power and aggressiveness against not Baltic states, but against European capitals."

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