Sergei Shoigu has identified that “a number of countries use any pretext to build up a military presence near Russia’s borders”.

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday stated that NATO’s air reconnaissance depth close to Russia’s borders elevated by 20 p.c in 2019. 

“The military and political situation in the South-West strategic direction remains difficult. In an effort to block Russia’s participation in solving global and regional problems, an array countries use any pretext to build up a military presence near our borders”, Shoigu underscored.

He recalled that final 12 months, 25 NATO warships have been alternately on missions within the Black Sea and that each third such vessel had cruise missiles on board.

In response to him, “since the beginning of this year, NATO aviation has completed more than 80 reconnaissance flights along our territory”.

Earlier this month, the Russian navy reported detecting 25 international plane engaged in reconnaissance actions close to the nation’s borders, with fighters scrambled twice to forestall unlawful entry into Russian airspace.

Late final month, the US deployed the united statesRoss guided-missile destroyer into the Black Sea. The Russian Navy, for its half, assured observers that it had the potential to observe the warship’s motion.

Moscow has repeatedly condemned the US and its NATO allies over their maritime warfare video games, in addition to drone and spy airplane flights and bomber drills close to Russia’s borders, warning that such behaviour solely serves to stoke tensions. The alliance has repeatedly turned a deaf ear to those objections.