M. Alex Johnson
NBC News
December 17, 2013

Russia confirmed Monday that it has deployed a state-of-the-art missile system closer to Lithuania and Poland, a move the U.S. and NATO foreign ministers warned could destabilize the region.

“Missile troops and artillery units of the Western Military District are in fact armed with Iskander operational and tactical missile systems,” Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry, told the Russian news agency Itar-Tass, confirming reports by the German newspaper Bild.

The Western Military District includes the region of Kaliningrad, which borders Lithuania and Poland.

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