Russia Taking ‘Measures’ in Face of NATO Build-up in Eastern Europe: Shoigu

Russia Taking ‘Measures’ in Face of NATO Build-up in Eastern Europe: Shoigu
Wed Jun 29, 2016 20:42:45

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a Defense Ministry meeting that his country is taking “measures” of strategic deterrence in a bid to neutralize potential NATO threats.

“Such actions of our Western counterparts lead to undermining the strategic stability in Europe and force us to take response measures, first, in the Western strategic area,” Shoigu said.

He further denounced the increase of the US and NATO military activities near the Russian frontiers as a destabilizing factor.

The alliance has deployed up to 30 warplanes, some 1,200 pieces of military equipment and more than 1,000 troops on a rotation basis to Eastern Europe, the Russian official added.

NATO has stepped up its military build-up near Russia’s borders since it suspended all ties with Moscow in April 2014 after the Black Sea Crimean Peninsula re-integrated into the Russian Federation following a referendum.

Moscow has repeatedly repudiated NATO’s expansion near its borders, saying such a move poses a threat to both regional and international peace.

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