After NATO and the United States bared its plan to augment its military deployments in parts of Europe, Russia warned of retaliatory measures and says it won’t just sit and see as things unfold in the region.
It can be recalled that on Monday, U.S Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced NATO’s plan to rotate four more battalions of troops in NATO member states in eastern Europe, as previously reported by Morning News USA. This, despite the rising tension between Russia and the U.S in the Baltic region.
According to a report from the Swiss Info, Andrei Kelin department head of Foreign Ministry of Russia, said the recent pronouncement made by NATO in its plan in the eastern Europe has caused concern for Moscow.
“This would be a very dangerous build-up of armed forces pretty close to our borders. I am afraid this would require certain retaliatory measures, which the Russian Defense Ministry is already talking about,” Kelin was quoted as saying by the Swiss Info.
Kelin was referring to Russia’s plan to create three new military divisions on top of the country’s plan to bring at least five new nuclear missile regiments, which will be strategically located in vital locations.
In a separate report published by the Russian newspaper TASS, Russia Defense Minster Sergey Shoigu said the two military divisions will be set up in the Western Military District, while the other one division will be set up in the Southern Military District, to protect the country’s borders from NATO troops.
“The Defense Ministry is taking a number of measures to counteract the buildup of NATO forces in the immediate vicinity of Russian borders. Two new divisions will be set up in the Western Military District and one division in the Southern Military District until the end of the year,” Shoigu told the TASS newspaper.
Shoigu said that the construction works are already ongoing in some sites as of this writing. The Russian Defense Minister added that the country is using its most advanced construction technology to hasten the construction process and complete the project as soon as possible.