NATO has doubled the number of its military drills and tripled the number of its troops near Russia’s borders since 2012, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced at the final meeting of the ministry’s board on December 22.
Shoigu said NATO conducted 548 military exercises near Russian borders in 2017. In comparison, this number was 282 in 2014. The minister added the number of NATO’s servicemen deployed near Russian borders has grown from 10,000 to 40,000 thousand in three years. Shoigu also revealred that NATO member-states have intensified their surveillance operations near Russian borders.
Furthermore, the US missile defense system in Europe has been brought to the level of the “initial operational readiness.”