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article imageRussia May Move Missiles to Baltic

By Bob Ewing     Nov 5, 2008 in Politics
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is to deploy short-range Iskander missiles in a Baltic enclave near NATO member Poland.
Russia is planning to deploy new missiles in a Baltic enclave near NATO member Poland and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says the short-range Iskander missiles would "neutralise" the planned US anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic..
Moscow,despite the United States claim that its shield is a defence against missiles from "rogue" nations, sees the shield as a direct threat.
Medvedev wants to extend Russia's presidential term to six years from the current four.
He did not clarify if he would extend his own term, or change the rules for his successor.
The speculation is Medvedev is a stop-gap so that Prime Minister Putin,- who served the maximum two consecutive terms, can return to the top job, correspondents say.
Medvedev said, in his first state-of-the nation address, Moscow would deploy the Iskander missile system in the Kaliningrad region - between NATO members Lithuania and Poland - to "neutralise - if necessary - the [US] anti-missile system".
"Naturally, we also consider using for the same purpose the resources of Russia's navy," he said.
Russia would jam the US anti-missile system electronically.
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