Russia vows to respond to NATO’s military build-up up on its eastern borders and the Baltics in a “predictable and systematic way”, saying the Western military alliance’s actions are reminiscent of its Cold War-era rhetoric. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Moscow will no longer regard NATO’s Cold War-era rhetoric “a thing of the past," adding that Russia-NATO relations are “quickly rolling back” to Cold War-era lows.
The Russian official expressed alarm over "the expansion of NATO presence and the bloc's ongoing enlargement" towards the country's borders. "This is a source of concern for Moscow and is the reason for a series of predictable, systematic and consecutive steps which Moscow is taking to safeguard its security interests under the current circumstances,” Peskov added.
Last week, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said his country has boosted its military presence in the country’s southwest with “precision long-range weapons” to fend off “attempts by some nations to expand their military presence” near Russia’s borders. Shoigu added that the Southern Military District has also been reinforced by air defense and the Russian navy potential in the southwest has been strengthened by one-third.