NATO military buildup near Russian borders will undermine the existing system of European security and make the situation less predictable and more tense, Russia’s envoy to NATO said Friday.
“This is a road to nowhere that will undermine the existing system of European security, will make [the situation] less predictable and more tense,” Alexander Grushko said.
Following Russia’s reunification with Crimea last March and the start of an internal armed conflict in Ukraine’s southeast in April, NATO has been boosting its military presence near Russia’s borders, including in the Baltics.
The alliance has accused Russia of sending troops and equipment to Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region, claims Moscow has repeatedly denied.
On February 5, NATO defense ministers agreed to set up a new high-readiness force dubbed Spearhead Force as part of the NATO Response Force. Altogether, the enhanced Response Force will be increased and count up to around 30,000 troops.