Russia To Create Dozens Of New Military Units To Confront NATO
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspects the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, June 2016. Vadim Savitsky/TASS
On May 31, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that about 20 new military units would be created in the Russian Western Military District to “adequately confront NATO”. The decision was made in response to the actions by the so-called collective West.
At the same time, the Russian troops are continuously supplied with modern weapons and military equipment. According to the Russian Defense Minister, 2 thousand peaces of equipment to be supplied to Russian troops this year.
Shoigu stressed that the military threat continues to grow in the Russian western strategic direction. For example, over the past seven years, the intensity of flights of the US Air Force’s strategic bomber aircraft in Europe has grown 14 times. The number of military exercises near the Russian borders has increased. As previously stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, only in Ukraine it is planned to hold seven joint military exercises with the NATO forces in 2021. Also, warships of NATO countries equipped with cruise missiles are entering the Black Sea with increasing frequency.
“The actions of our Western colleagues destroy the global security system and force us to take adequate countermeasures. We are constantly strengthening our troops. By the end of the year, about 20 formations and military units will be formed in the Western Military District, ” Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry collegium.
Russian officials emphasize that the modernization of the Russian army has exclusively defensive goals. The creation of new formations is also defensive in nature.
Given NATO countries’ accusations against Moscow moving its military forces through the country’s territory amid the recent escalation in Eastern Ukraine, it is expected that the new measures of the Russian military command will not go unnoticed in the West. At least, they may soon become another pretext for new accusations, which will strengthen the image of Russia as a terrible aggressor for European countries and global security system.
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