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Poland: Official Says Russian Forces In Kaliningrad Excessive

Warsaw, 5 January 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Polish Defense Minister Bronislaw Komorowski today charged Moscow with maintaining excessive military force in the enclave of Kaliningrad between his country and Lithuania. Komorowski also repeated a call he made yesterday for international verification of weapons in the region.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Linas Linkevicius yesterday called Komorowski's initiative sensible but said his country is not willing to debate the issue excessively.

Poland has said it is concerned by a press report in the U.S. daily "The Washington Times" this week that Russia is allegedly deploying short-range nuclear missiles at one of its Kaliningrad bases.

The U.S. State Department has said it will ask Moscow about the report of the missile deployment.

Russian military officials have denied that any country's nuclear weapons have been relocated. Sweden said yesterday it believed the Russian denial.