Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

Karoun Demirjian and Daniela Deane September 2 at 6:06 AM, WashPost

MOSCOW — A top Kremlin security official said Tuesday that Moscow would now review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.

Tuesday’s statement will almost certainly ratchet up tensions between Moscow and NATO ahead of a NATO leaders’ meeting in Wales later this week, when the alliance is expected to endorse the creation of a new military force of some 4,000 troops capable of moving on only about eight hours’ notice.

“The fact that the military infrastructure of NATO member states is getting closer to our borders, including via enlargement, will preserve its place as one of the external threats for the Russian Federation,” Mikhail Popov, deputy head of the Kremlin’s advisory security council, said in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

He said NATO was “aggravating tensions with Russia” and cited that as a key factor in determining Moscow’s military strategy. He offered no details. The statement came one day after the Ukrainian defense minister warned of a “great war” with Russia, “the likes of which Europe has not seen since the Second World War.”

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