Russia Deploys Bastion Missile Launchers to Kaliningrad

On November 21, 2016, it was reported that Russia has stationed two K-300P Bastion missile launchers, equipped with P-800 Oniks anti-ship missiles, in the Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea. The Oniks has a range 300-450 kilometers, threatening freedom of navigation in the Baltic Sea. The deployment of Bastion missile launchers to this strategic region, bordering NATO members Lithuania and Poland, signals Russia’s strong disproval of NATO’s growing missile defense systems in the region. This military posturing comes amidst rising tensions between Russia and the West.

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