"The deployment of Iskander missile battalions on the territory of the Western Military District does not violate any respective international agreements," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted defence ministry's spokesperson Igor Konashenkov as saying.

Some Western media reported earlier that Russia deployed these systems in its westernmost isolated Kaliningrad region and along its border with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The missiles deployed are said to have a range of 400 km, which thus do not fall under a category of the middle-range missiles banned by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Moscow and Washington.

US concerned over Russia's deployment of tactical missiles

The US has voiced concerns to Russia over missile deployment near its western region and urged Russia not to take destabilizing steps, a State Department spokesperson said on Monday.

"We've shared with Russia the concerns the countries in the neighbourhood have... regarding Russia's deployment of the Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad. We've urged Moscow to take no steps to destabilize the region," Xinhua quoted State Department spokesperson Marie Harf as saying.

In 2011, the then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned that Russia would station Iskander tactic missiles in Kaliningrad and southern Krasnodar region.


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