Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement Monday at a gathering with high army officers. He pointed to a rising variety of flights by U.S. strategic bombers close to Russia‘s borders, deployments of NATO warships and more and more frequent and big drills by alliance forces.
He charged that such actions “destroy the worldwide safety system and power us to take the related countermeasures.“
“We are going to type one other 20 models and formations within the Western Army District till the yr’s finish,” Shoigu mentioned
He added the army models in Western Russia have commissioned about 2,000 new items of weaponry this yr.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 following the ouster of the nation’s Moscow-friendly president after which threw its weight behind separatist rebels in jap Ukraine. Greater than 14,000 folks have been killed in seven years of combating in jap Ukraine.
Russia has recalled some troops from its western half after sweeping manoeuvres in April, however Shoigu ordered them to leave their weapons behind for Russia’s Zapad (West) 2021 army workouts in September.
He famous Monday that preparations for the workouts, which will probably be carried out collectively with Belarus, at the moment are of their closing stage and emphasised that the manoeuvres have an “solely defensive character.”
Final week, Russia supplied political help to its ally Belarus, which diverted a Ryanair aircraft flying from Greece to Lithuania on a ruse to arrest a dissident journalist. The European Union denounced the flight’s diversion as piracy and responded by barring the Belarusian flag provider from its airspace and advising European airways to skirt Belarus’ airspace.