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Russia Not Interested in Arms Race, Defence Minister Says

Sputnik – 05.09.2020

According to the Russian military, NATO has increased its aerial surveillance efforts near the Russian border by 30 percent compared to the previous year.

Russia is not interested in an arms race, but is forced to combat capabilities in response to unfriendly actions by NATO, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Saturday.

“All measures taken are aimed exclusively at strengthening the defense, are limited in scale and correspond to modern military dangers”, Shoigu told reporters.

“We are not interested in the arms race. To reduce tensions, we intend to adhere to the maximum openness regarding military activity”, the minister said adding that the relevant information is being posted on the Defence Ministry’s website, while briefings are held for military attaches and media.

Shoigu pointed out that Russia had offered NATO a reduction in the number of drills amid the pandemic to prevent further difficulties, but the alliance responded negatively.

“The military leadership of Russia has repeatedly proposed to agree on joint measures in order to prevent further complications in relations”, Shoigu said.

According to the minister, these measures include transferring military drills to the inland exercise areas from the contact line between Russia and NATO, agreeing on the minimum permissible distance of approach of ships and aircraft, reducing the number of exercises and other activities of the Russian armed forces and the joint armed forces of NATO during the pandemic.

“These initiatives are still relevant. However, Brussels perceives them negatively. NATO is not yet ready to work together constructively to enhance regional stability”, Shoigu added.

The minister said that the North Atlantic Alliance has recently intensified its aerial surveillance efforts.

“The intensity of NATO’s air reconnaissance near the Russian border increased by more than 30 percent compared to the last year, in August of the last year, [there were] 87 flights, now about 120”, Shoigu told reporters following the end of the International Army Games.

According to the minister, from 23 August to 2 September, Russian jets were scrambled at least 10 times to intercept foreign planes over the Baltic, Barents, and Black seas.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in late August that Moscow has repeatedly offered NATO to start de-escalating military tensions, but the alliance has not demonstrated its readiness for similar steps. “Russia has already abandoned large-scale exercises near the borders of NATO countries, and moved large-scale military drills inland”, Lavrov said.

Shoigu expressed hopes that the alliance’s stance would change in the future.

September 5, 2020 - Posted by | Militarism | ,

3 Comments »

  1. “We are not interested in the arms race. To reduce tensions, we intend to adhere to the maximum openness regarding military activity”, the minister said adding that the relevant information is being posted on the Defence Ministry’s website, while briefings are held for military attaches and media”.

    Unfortunately for the Russians, they are dealing with the American politicians, who have no real power(and resemble a Clown Circus), while the Pentagon/CIA/Military Industrial Complex have ALL the power in Washington, and make all the decisions regarding Foreign Policy.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | September 5, 2020 | Reply

  2. The ring of veracity and rationality. Russia isn’t cursed/raped with a US-cum-NATO Zioneocon-“Knee On Neck” MIC monolith psychosis-focused on its “full-spectrum global dominance” wet dream. I’m dam’ revulsed-and-tired of paying for its orgasmic convulsions. I, and in truth most of the “globe,” are Palestinians now…in the throes of a Pandemic Virus that will infect and Pavlov-condition us until we succumb to it in prostrate exhaustion and acceptance that carrying its water and hewing its wood are our lot.

    Beware: Biden/Harris are tarnished US-Zionist carbon copies of Adelson/Trump/Pence/Pompeo/Kushner. I can only think that Ralph Nader is aghast, continuing to caution plaintively “Don’t vote for the lesser worse.”

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by roberthstiver | September 6, 2020 | Reply

    • “They’ve” got all angles covered…….

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by brianharryaustralia | September 6, 2020 | Reply


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