It’s a roller coaster ride with Russia and the United States as both countries gun against each other in a series of tense confrontations. Following the close encounter in the Baltic Sea and plane interception, tensions are sky high, as Russia beefs up its fleet and warn US over its naval operations.
While there was once a ray of hope over Russia and US relations as they both campaigned for ceasefire in Syria, it appears that the relationship is strained once more. Russia just called out the United States for supposedly engaging in acts of intimidation. Specifically, a US naval destroyer sailed close to Russia’s border in the Baltics. According to Moscow, Russia’s military will use “all necessary measures” in response to any incident that could arise.
While Russia and NATO tried talking it out, it appears that no ties are about to transpire for the better.
“This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia,” Reuters quoted envoy, Alexander Grushko.
“We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force,” he added.
NATO has also expressed concerns about Russia’s “snap exercises.” These include thousands of Russia troops engaging in war games without prior notice. There’s also the concern about Russia’s efforts in Ukraine.
“In the meeting, it was re-confirmed that we disagree on the facts, on the narrative and the responsibilities in and around Ukraine,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
“Many allies disagree when Russia tries to portray this as a civil war. This is Russia destabilizing eastern Ukraine, providing support for the separatists, munitions, funding, equipment and also command and control.”
“So there were profound disagreements,” he said.
In another report by the New York Times, Russia seems unfazed by the growing opposition on its forces as its Russian submarine patrols rose by 50 percent in the past year as claimed by Adm. Mark Ferguson, the United States Navy’s top commander in Europe – citing remarks from Russian Navy chief, Adm. Viktor Chirkov.
Several analysts also attested that the pace of such did not change. Furthermore, the report also claims that the patrols show a clear sign of Vladimir Putin’s ignited interest over submarine warfare. Whether that would come soon or in a specific area will have to depend on how relations progress among world powers.