Russia will be forced to take retaliatory measures due to Finland and Sweden’s cooperation with NATO, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergey Shoygu announced at the board of the Ministry on Tuesday.
According to him, the behavior of their Western colleagues will lead to the destruction of the existing global security system in the world and will generate even greater mistrust. The involvement of Finland and Sweden in NATO structures is of particular concern.
As reported by Interfax, Shoygu recalled spring’s agreement with NATO on the full participation of Finland and Sweden in the training of the alliance and the possibility of using its systems for controlling the troops. In exchange, NATO received access to the airspace and territorial waters of Finland and Sweden. In exchange, NATO received access to the airspace and territorial waters of Finland and Sweden.
Shoygu said that the NATO contingents continue to build up in the countries of Eastern Europe. Since 2014, the size of NATO troops in this region has increased to 15 thousand people (from 2 thousand). Since the beginning of this year, NATO conducted training for more than a hundred times, and up to 80,000 servicemen were involved. The size of personnel annually attracted to NATO exercises increased for ten times in five years, and the amount of combat aircraft increased from 11 units to 101, according to the statistics presented by Shoygu.
In addition, five centers of cyber operations were deployed (in Finland, Estonia, Poland, Germany and France) in Europe with the support of the USA.