Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, in his recent phone talk with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel, said that the US and NATO are increasing its military presence near Russia’s borders in Eastern Europe with unprecedented force, RIA Novosti reports.
The press service of Russia’s Defense Ministry also reports that Mr. Shoygu noted that these steps of the West are accompanied with statements of NATO’s Secretary General that Russia should be “restrained”. Besides, quite a few Western media sources have unveiled a real anti-Russian hysteria, Mr. Shoygu added.
The Russian Defense Minister tried to draw the attention of his American counterpart to these facts and noted that spreading anti-Russian sentiments can hardly lead to easing of tension in the world.
In a phone talk between Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Mr. Hagel assured his Russian counterpart that NATO’s actions in Eastern Europe have no provocative or expansionist character.
The increase of NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe is motivated by NATO’s and the EU’s deep concern about the situation in Ukraine and the wish of NATO’s Eastern European members to secure themselves in connection with this situation, Chuck Hagel said. The aim of these actions is to confirm the unity of NATO’s members and to strengthen the defensive might of Eastern European countries, he added.