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Poland concerned about Russian missiles sent to Kaliningrad

FILE - In this file photo taken on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Iskander missile launchers are driven during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. Poland and Estonia expressed concerns Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, that Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian region on the Baltic Sea, with one official saying Russia appears eager to dominate that body of water. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

FILE - In this file photo taken on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Iskander missile launchers are driven during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. Poland and Estonia expressed concerns Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, that Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian region on the Baltic Sea, with one official saying Russia appears eager to dominate that body of water. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)  (The Associated Press)

The Polish government says it is highly concerned that Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian region on Poland's border.

Russia says the missiles are being deployed as part of regular military maneuvers to the territory, which is wedged between Poland and Lithuania.

Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Saturday that Poland considers the matter of "highest concern."

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov, however, played down the concerns.

In a statement Saturday he says "The Iskander ballistic missile system is mobile. As part of the plan of combat training, missile troops units are engaged in training on a year-round basis, covering great distances of the Russian territory in various ways: by air, by sea, and under their own power."