Shoigu accuses US and NATO of having 10,000 troops on the Russian border

NATO uses the myth of a "Russian threat" for its own planned upgrade, said Schoigu

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Via Sputnik Germany: Russia’s defense minister accuses the US and its NATO partners of deploying a 10,000-strong attack force on Russia’s western border.

“A 10,000-strong contingent equipped with all types of attack equipment is positioned in the Baltic States and in Poland,” Schoigu said Wednesday at the International Security Conference in Moscow.

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“The North Atlantic Alliance is carrying out more and more exercises with a decidedly anti-Russian character.”

NATO uses the myth of a “Russian threat” for its own “planned” upgrade, said Schoigu. According to him, since the beginning of this year Russia has had to send fighter jets more than 20 times* to intercept foreign military aircraft off the border. After the pro-Western overthrow of Ukraine in early 2014 and the secession of the Crimea, NATO has been increasing its military presence in front of Russian western border.

*Translator note: Russian military journal Red Star reports that last week alone, Russian jets intercepted 19 foreign recon planes at Russia’s borders.

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