Russia: Our nuclear readiness is required in light of the increased activity of NATO near our borders

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that the increased activity of NATO countries near the Russian borders imposes on Moscow the need to further develop its nuclear and conventional capabilities, in light of the tense relations between Russia and Western countries and the exchange of accusations between them.

Shoigu added, at a meeting of Russian military leaders, that among the priorities of developing his country’s capabilities is strengthening the capabilities of non-nuclear deterrence forces. Strategic bombers are less than 20 km from the Russian border.

Minister Shoigu was quoted as saying that Russian air defense units monitored and tracked the American bombers, and took undisclosed measures. The Russian official added that his country had noticed a large activity of American bombers near Russia’s borders, as they carried out 30 sorties this month.

On the other hand, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said that the strategic bomber exercises complied with all national and international requirements and protocols.

Communication and training

Yesterday, Tuesday, a phone call took place between the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and the Russian Chief of General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, and the Russian Ministry of Defense said that the call discussed issues related to international security, and its US counterpart stated that the phone call is a continuation of communication between the two leaders to ensure reducing risks and eliminating Causes of friction.

These developments come at a time when Western countries, Ukraine and NATO have expressed fears that Russia may be planning to invade neighboring Ukraine, which Moscow has denied.

In a related context, Russia on Wednesday held military exercises in the Black Sea to the south of Ukraine, while Ukraine also held exercises near its border with Belarus in anticipation of migrants storming the border.

The Russian “Interfax” news agency reported that several Russian planes and ships were trained to repel air attacks on naval bases, as well as respond with air strikes in the military maneuvers that were held today in the Black Sea.

Today, Ukraine also carried out what it described as a “special operation” on the border with Belarus, as Kiev deployed 8,500 additional soldiers on the border with its neighbor, and the special operation included training with drones and maneuvers for anti-tank units and airborne forces.

British warning

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Wednesday issued a warning to Russia, saying that Moscow would make a “grave mistake” if it launched an attack on Ukraine, and that London was cooperating closely with its NATO partners to support Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last Thursday that the West took Russia’s warnings not to cross its “red lines” and that Moscow needed serious security guarantees from the West, and the Kremlin said last September that NATO would cross its red line. Russia if it expands its military infrastructure in Ukraine.

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