Russia Threatens to Counter NATO Buildup as Ties Fray


Source: Business Week

Russia will take measures against a buildup of NATO forces on its borders as regional and global security weakens with the rupture of ties between the former Cold War enemies, the country’s top military commander said.

The Ukrainian conflict is “practically a civil war” as the authorities in Kiev are using the army against “unarmed civilians,” Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian military’s General Staff, told a security conference in Moscow today. Internal conflicts “are no longer purely domestic and take on an increasingly international character.”

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has added air and naval patrols and reinforced land troops in Poland, Romania and its Baltic member states to increase deterrence following Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which holds a presidential election this weekend. The Baltic nations are seeking permanent stationing of NATO troops and bases to counter what they say is Russia’s own…

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