Russia can deploy the conventional “Iskander-M” missile systems, but not the nuclear ones in Kaliningrad and Crimea.
This was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Andrei Krasov.
“Sure, we can deploy the Iskanders, because we have right to place any armament and military equipment in any region of the Russian Federation to secure the region from external influence” said Krasov.
Answering the question whether the Kaliningrad oblast and Crimea need missiles with nuclear warheads, Krasov said: “No, they don’t need”. “We do not need nuclear weapons to beat our enemies. Remember Napoleon and Hitler. What was the end of their campaigns?” added Krasov.
Previously, media reported that Russia can deploy the “Iskander-M” missile systems, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, in the Kaliningrad region by 2019. In addition, it was reported on possible deployment of such systems in Crimea too.