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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missiles May Be Deployed in Belarus

A general warned Wednesday that Russia could deploy short-range missiles to Belarus as part of efforts to counter planned U.S. missile defense sites in Europe, Itar-Tass reported.

Colonel-General Vladimir Zaritsky, chief of artillery and rocket forces for the ground forces, said, "Any action meets a counteraction, and this is the case with elements of the U.S. missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic."

Zaritsky was responding to his Belarussian counterpart, who said that Russia could provide Belarus with its new short-range Iskander missiles. "Why not? Given adequate conditions and an adequate Belarussian opposition," Zaritsky said.

Zaritsky said Iskander missiles could strike targets at ranges from 300 to 500 kilometers.

The deployment of Iskander missiles in Belarus would likely put planned U.S. missile defenses in Poland within range; the site in the Czech Republic would likely be out of reach.