Putin said on Monday he would move nuclear-capable Iskander missiles closer to Europe in response to Nato’s expansion in the Baltic states
“Nuclear trains” will travel around Russia to avoid detection by enemy satellites, and will be virtually indistinguishable from ordinary trains. They can travel up to 600 miles a day and are expected to enter service between 2018 and 2020.
The news came after Nato and Moscow engaged in a war of words over the Kremlin’s decision to also send Bastion missiles to Kaliningrad, Russia’s exclave on the Baltic Sea.
Nato accused Russia of “aggressive military posturing” over the move. The Kremlin hit back angrily, saying the deployment was a response to the Nato missile shield in Europe.