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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Raises Kaliningrad Nuclear Reports with Russia

PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has raised with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov the reported movement of nuclear weapons into Russia's Kaliningrad enclave, a senior State Department official said Friday.

He told reporters Albright had disussed the matter with Ivanov at talks before a farewell dinner near Paris Thursday with European counterparts.

"He took on board what we had to say," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

But he added: "She didn't get a detailed response."

Kaliningrad, physically separate from the rest of Russia, lies between Poland and Lithuania.

The United States said earlier this month that there had been "some movement of tactical nuclear weapons into Kaliningrad", raising security concerns in east European countries formerly dominated by Moscow. Russia's Defence Ministry has said reports of such a build-up were "absolutely untrue".

But the denials have not overcome doubts of some neighbours, and Poland has called for an international inspection of Russian arms stores in Kaliningrad.

The U.S. official, commenting on the reported movement of weapons, said: "There is still no clear analysis of the reason for it."

Russia and the United States have often discussed issues of nuclear weapons and their whereabouts in the past, but this was the first time that Albright had specifically raised the Kaliningrad issue.

The official said Albright had mentioned the need for openness and transparency.