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Russia deploys new missiles to Baltic Sea region

Russia's military has deployed state-of-the-art anti-shipping missiles in its westernmost Baltic region, according to the Interfax news agency, in a move that comes amid tensions in Russia-West ties.

The military has put the Bastion missile launchers on duty in the Kaliningrad exclave that borders Nato members Poland and Lithuania, the agency reported.

The Bastion made its combat debut in Syria earlier this month.

The Russian defence ministry said on Saturday that the Baltic Fleet was rearming itself with new missile launchers, but did not provide specifics.

Separately, Viktor Ozerov, head of the defence affairs committee in the Russian parliament's upper house, told RIA Novosti news agency that Russia would deploy Iskander missiles and S-400 air defence missiles to Kaliningrad in response to US missile defence plans.

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