January 28, 2009 / 1:05 PM / 11 years ago

Russian missile move a good step if confirmed-NATO

BRUSSELS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A reported Russian move to halt deployment of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad would be a good step if confirmed, NATO said on Wednesday.

"The earlier Russian announcement that they were going to deploy missiles into Kaliningrad and point them at NATO allies was unwelcome. If that decisIon has now been rescinded, it is a good step," said NATO spokesman James Appathurai.

Interfax news agency quoted a Russian military official as saying on Wednesday that Russia had suspended the deployment of its Iskander missiles in the Russian enclave between NATO members Poland and Lithuania due to a change in U.S. missile defence policy in Europe.

(reporting by David Brunnstrom; editing by Mark John)

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