Wherever they may be, Russia wants NATO to know that it is ready to meet the alliance with force, if necessary. With NATO moving more troops closer to Russia’s borders, Russia has recently announced that it has amassed its own forces to counter NATO. According to Russia, the forces have been armed with the newest nuclear weapons and defense capabilities.
According to Russian Defense Ministry General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, there has been escalation in the military political situation surrounding Russia’s southwest direction. This is primarily brought about by NATO’s increasing military presence throughout Eastern Europe, as well as the situation developing in Ukraine and terrorist activities in the North Caucasus region.
Recently, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that there will four robust, multinational battalions deployed to the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland, which surrounds Russia’s own borders. Each battalion will be made up of approximately 1,000 troops. For these, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada have all committed their own forces.
“In these conditions we have to take adequate measures,” explained Shoigu during a board session of the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow. That is why there are now four divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments formed along with two missile brigades armed with the Iskander-M missile complexes.
At the same time, Shoigu announced that the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla have both received small missile ships with the sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles. Novorossiysk and Rostov-on-Don submarines have been placed on combat duty, along with Russia’s Bastion and Bal coastal missile systems.
Troops have also received S-300B4, S-400 and Buk-M2 air defense missile complexes. They have also been equipped with the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery and missile systems.
Aside from this, the Russian military expresses interest in furthering its air defense. At the same time, it is currently training its mobile rapid reaction forces while its submarine crews are undergoing “under-ice training.”
There is also currently a “self-sufficient” force stationed in Crimea.