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 Russia reinforcers western frontiers in response to NATO's activity, - Shoygu

By the end of 2016, the Western Military District of the Russian Federation will have received more than 2,000 units of new and upgraded hardware. More than 10,000 people have been selected for contract service, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said Wednesday, June 29.

Censor.NET reports referring to Russia's MoD.

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According to him, great attention is attached to re-equipment of formations and military units of the Western Military District with modern hardware. Intensive military training contributes to the accomplishment of assigned missions. Moreover, preparations for the international command-and-staff exercise "Interaction-2016" have been started. "Servicemen from Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan will take part in it," Shoygu noted.

He said that the U.S. and other NATO member states continue building-up their military potential, while the intensiveness of combat training activities has been doubled. Shoygu highlighted great concerns aroused by the installation of American anti-missile defense elements in Eastern Europe.

"It is possible that after the Warsaw NATO Summit, the scale of Alliance's military presence and activity near the Russian border may increase significantly. In order to neutralize potential threats we conduct strategic deterrence measures," Shoigu said.

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Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance intended to expand its military presence in Eastern Europe to support countries threatened by Russia. The Warsaw Summit is scheduled for July 8-9.
 
 
 
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