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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Igor Konashenkov
Russia's confirmed launch of a high-tech missile system near the border with Poland and Lithuania is an aggressive act that will destabilize the region, U.S. authorities said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin helicoptered in to the Black Sea town of Anapa Friday — personally overseeing the large-scale surprise military exercise he ordered there.
Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, giving assurances that there was no radiation leak and the vessel's nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board.
"Missile troops and artillery units of the Western Military District are in fact armed with Iskander operational and tactical missile systems," said Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry, to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass.
"Over 7,100 troops, around 250 armored vehicles, some 50 cannons, up to 20 fighter jets and helicopters, and about 30 various warships" were involved in the exercise, said Defense Ministry press secretary Igor Konashenkov, according to Russia Today.