Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu revealed a plan for his country to create about 20 new military formations and units for the Russian army by the end of this year in the western military region, in response to the moves of NATO countries in the “western strategic direction near the borders of Russia.”
Shoigu said during a military meeting that what he described as the military threat continues to escalate in the western strategic direction, accusing NATO countries, led by the United States, of working to increase the intensity of its strategic aviation, deploying warships equipped with cruise missiles, and carrying out more military exercises and maneuvers.
The Russian minister also accused Western countries of destroying the security system in the world and forcing Russia to take appropriate measures, as he put it.
The Russian Minister of Defense indicated that NATO countries are conducting the largest exercises during the past 30 years, and about 40,000 soldiers are taking part, explaining that their main goal is to work to transfer an entire contingent from the United States to Europe.
The Russian Information Agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov as saying that his country would send what he described as “uncomfortable” signals to the United States before a summit between the leaders of the two countries next month.
These statements come a day after US President Joe Biden said he would demand Russian President Vladimir Putin to respect human rights when they meet in Geneva on June 16.
The agency added that Ryabkov said that Russia would be ready to answer Biden’s questions about human rights in Russia, and that Moscow was more flexible than Washington with regard to setting the summit agenda.