November 22, 2016 / 3:37 PM / a year ago

Russia rejects U.S. criticism of Kaliningrad missile deployment

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian defense ministry official on Tuesday rejected U.S. criticism of the decision to deploy ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, saying it was Moscow’s prerogative, local news agencies reported.

Russian S-400 Triumph/SA-21 Growler medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in this May 9, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

The U.S. State Department said on Monday that Russia’s deployment of its S-400 air missile defense system and ballistic Iskander missiles to the Russian enclave was “destabilizing to European security”.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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