It appears that Russia has upgraded a nuclear weapons storage bunker in its Kaliningrad enclave, reports The Guardian. This is the latest sign that Moscow has increased its emphasis on nuclear arms during its standoff with Nato. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has published satellite images which the group says shows a storage facility in the Baltic coast enclave between Poland and Lituania being enlarged and then covered by a new concrete roof in recent months.
“It has all the fingerprints of typical Russian nuclear weapons storage sites,” said Hans Kristensen, the director of the nuclear information project at FAS, according to The Guardian. “There is a heavy duty external perimeter of multilayered fencing. The bunkers themselves have triple fencing around them as well. These are typical features from all the other nuclear weapons storage sites that we know about in Russia.”
Kristensen says that the pictures do not prove that there are any nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad now, but they do show that it is an active site. Kristensen said they have been monitoring the site for some time and they’ve never seen as dramatic upgrades as this one.
“This is the first time we’ve seen one of the nuclear bunkers being excavated and apparently renovated,” Kristensen said to The Guardian.
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