Russia's stationing of Iskander missiles at Kaliningrad in retaliation to US upgrade of German nuclear arms might trigger nuclear race in Europe.
Russia on Wednesday said that it will station Iskander ballistic missile as counter-measures if US upgrades nuclear arms in Germany.
The US plans are 'another very serious step towards exacerbating tensions on the European continent' President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
The move prompted fears of a return to a nuclear arms race in Europe, Russia said that it could be forced to take “countermeasures” to a strengthened US nuclear threat in Germany by stationing ballistic missiles in Kaliningrad. US plans could “alter the balance of power in Europe”, Peskov said.
The US intends to place 20 upgraded B61-12 nuclear bombs at Büchel Air Base later this year, Germany’s ZDF television channel reported based on US federal budget reports.
"If this step is implemented, we can say that the US is confidently advancing towards its implementation. It’s not a step towards strengthening stability, towards confidence building and enhancement of security in Europe.” he added.
However, “a final decision well be taken after detailed analysis of the potential threat," an anonymous military official told on Wednesday to Interfax news agency.
Kaliningrad’s location is adjacent to NATO members Lithuania and Poland. The location has been better place for Russia to threaten retaliatory deployments, because such moves would starkly change the balance of power in Eastern Europe.