Russia Promises to Retaliate Against New NATO Deployments. Somehow.

Nov 2, 2016 — 16:30
— Update: Nov. 02 2016 — 14:20

Russia Promises to Retaliate Against New NATO Deployments. Somehow.

Nov 2, 2016 — 16:30
— Update: Nov. 02 2016 — 14:20
Sergey Shoigu and Vladimir Putin Kremlin Press Service

Russia's defense minister, Sergey Shoigu, said Moscow will be forced to take certain defensive measures, in the face of NATO's planned troop deployments in Eastern Europe. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Shoigu accused NATO of undermining the region's strategic stability, according to the RBC news agency.

NATO has announced plans to send an additional 4,000 alliance troops to the region. The final deployment is expected early next year.

“On the western border of [Russia and Belarus], the U.S. and other NATO members are actively building up their offensive potential, opening new bases and developing their infrastructure,” Shoigu told reporters.

NATO officials, meanwhile, say the organization's actions are designed to reassure alliance members that were former Soviet states. 

The growing presence of NATO troops and weaponry in Eastern Europe became a hot international issue following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, with many alliance members — particularly the small countries on Russia's borders — worried that NATO's eastern flank is vulnerable to Russian aggression.

Read Andrew Kuchins on what the Kremlin wants from the West: “You Americans Never Learn”: How Valdai Showcased Putin's Terms for U.S.-Russia Cooperation

In Color: Russia's Great Patriotic War

Russia's Great Patriotic War comes alive in colorized photos from the front line.

see more

Russia Unveils New Bill to Transform Crimea Into Tax Haven

The annexed peninsula of Crimea could be transformed into a tax haven under a new bill set to appear before the Russian parliament.

Why Putin is Getting Nervous About His Chechen Proxy

Putin's latest meeting with Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov will be interpreted ...

Russia Unveils New Bill to Transform Crimea Into Tax Haven

The annexed peninsula of Crimea could be transformed into a tax haven under a new bill set to ...