Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will order new weapons that have no comparisons anywhere in the world.
His comments came as NATO’s greatest military maneuvers since the Cold War started Thursday in Norway in a hypothetical scenario that restores Scandinavian country’s sovereignty after an attack by a “fictional aggressor”.
Speaking at a meeting on Thursday with the highest military officers and law enforcement officers, Putin said “Russia does not threaten anyone and has strictly followed its obligations in the sphere of international security and weapons control.”
At the same time, he noted that Russian arsenals will be modernized to protect against any threats.
Putin’s statement also follows US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to opt out of a 1
987 nuclear control clause due to alleged Russian violations. Putin has denied any crimes and accused Washington of breaking the covenant.
Russia, which shares the border with Norway, was informed by NATO on the Trident Juncture 2018 drill and invited to monitor it, but Moscow is still angry with the practice.
The Russian Defense Minister warned that Moscow could be forced to respond to increased night activity near its western border.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, forefront, joking with the highest military and law enforcement officials in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Putin said Russia has followed its duties in the arms control sphere, but noted that Russian arsenals will be modernized to protect against possible threats. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
“NATO military activities near our borders have reached the highest level since the Cold War Times,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu Wednesday, noting that the war game will be “simulating offensive military action. “
Wargames collects approximately 55,000 staff from all 29 NATO Allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden. About 65 ships, 150 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles will participate.
The drill is scheduled for the end of November 7th. central and eastern Norway, the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea.
The purpose is to ensure that NATO forces are trained, can merge and be ready to respond to any threat from any direction, according to the 29-member Alliance.
In a jointly published published Thursday in Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, the Nordic defense and foreign ministers said they did not see any military threats to the Nordic countries today, but we live in an unpredictable and uncertain time. “
” Russia has both shown the will and the ability to use military force to achieve strategic goals “Sweden’s Peter Hultqvist wrote with Frank Bakke-Jensen in Norway, Denmark’s Claus Hjort Frederiksen, Finland’s Jussi Niini Sto and Iceland’s Foreign Minister, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson.
“Cyber attacks and disinformation are actively used to create divisions between people in Europe and the United States, which, in turn, challenge democratic institutions and our ability to reach common conclusions,” they said.
Tensions in the region have grown between Baltic NATO members and Moscow, including reports of airspace violations of Russian military aircraft. Unemployed Sweden and Finland have looked with increasing regrets, built up their own military activity with cross-border exercises and exercises with NATO countries.
– Jan M. Olsen reported from Denmark. Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.