Moscow: – The Russian Defence Chief has alleged that the United States, along with the other NATO member countries, have significantly increased their military movements within 20 to 30 kilometres of the Russian border. Russian Defence Chief, General Valery Gerasimov, said that these movements are occurring in the Black Sea and Barents Sea regions, along with the Baltic countries near the Russian border. The Russian official said that these include activities of fighter jets and warships from the United States and NATO member countries.
Tension has been created between Russia and the western countries over the Belarus issue. Russia has even started war exercises in support of the Belarus President, and the use of Russian bombers was noteworthy during the activities. At the same time, Russia has built new defence bases in the Arctic sector and has already started deployments on these bases. A multipurpose exercise is being conducted in Southern Russia with a participation of more than 80,000 soldiers.
The United States and NATO member countries also have started strong movements to counter the Russian moves. These actions have made Russia uneasy, and General Valery Gerasimov’s statement seems to be a part of the same. It is claimed that more than 30 US and NATO aeroplanes flew near the Russian border. These included B-52 bombers and RC-125 surveillance aircraft of the United States and also ‘Gulfstream’ jets from Sweden. US and NATO countries are holding war exercises in Poland and Lithuania with about 800 soldiers participating.
While expressing displeasure over these activities, the Russian Defence Chief, General Valery Gerasimov, claimed that the United States and NATO are not paying any attention to the Russian complaints. The Russian official said that Russia does not want conflict, but at the same time, it will not tolerate the US and NATO military activities. Also, General Gerasimov replied that the allegations of aggressiveness made against Russia are incorrect.