Russia will adjust its military doctrine in response to NATO’s plans to boost its presence in Eastern Europe, a senior Russian official says.
The deputy secretary of Russia’s National Security Council, Mikhail Popov, on Tuesday accused the Western military alliance of ratcheting up tensions by boosting its military presence near Russia’s borders.
He said the enlargement of NATO is “one of the leading military dangers and external threats to the Russian Federation.”
The official added that the US is planning to deploy heavy weaponry and military hardware, including tanks and armored vehicles, to Estonia and other Baltic states.
The Russian military official noted that the defense move was evidence of the desire of US and NATO leaders to continue their policy of aggravating tensions with Russia.
He termed the US missile system plan in Eastern Europe as another threat to Russia’s security.
“I have no doubt that the question of the approach of NATO members’ military infrastructure to our border, including by an expansion of the bloc, will remain as one of the foreign military threats to Russia,” Popov added.