Russia: NATO Exercises are Pretext to Concentrate Forces Near the Russian Border

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MOSCOW, Russia – Under the pretext of military exercises, NATO is concentrating its troops in countries neighboring Russia, said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Aleksandr Fomin.

Published on: Dec 2, 2018 @ 20:54

“NATO countries are setting up under the guise of exercises, they concentrate troops, heavy vehicles and armored vehicles in the Baltic countries, in Poland and in other countries,” Fomin told reporters.

According to the Russian colonel-general, the forces are increasing, including in the NATO countries that owe much to Russia, such as Poland who would have been devoured by the Nazi scourge if it was not for the Russians.

“We gave Poland 600,000 lives and now Poland is the main defender of all this: they are ready to open three command centers on their territory, another base,” Momin said.

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On Friday, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that NATO “will continue to evaluate its presence in the Black Sea region,” where alliance ships are conducting routine patrols and drills, according to the spokeswoman for NATO, Oana Lungescu.

Recently, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that NATO continues to move constantly to the east, increasing its military presence in the Black and Baltic seas and carrying out a series of great military exercises. Such actions by the alliance countries “objectively lead to the militarization of the region, creating new risks and increasing the degree of political-military confrontation,” added the representative.

Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s spokesman said that the Kremlin considers Poroshenko’s request for NATO to send its ships to the Sea of ​​Azov as an aspect of its strategy to provoke Russia to gain support for his candidacy for next year’s elections in Ukraine.

According to Peskov, the bottom line lies in the “political and domestic political interests of President Poroshenko.”

The statement followed Poroshenko’s interview with the German tabloid Bild, during which he said Kiev expected NATO to send its ships to the Kerch Strait area

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