NATO boosted aerial surveillance near Russian borders by 20 percent in 2019 - Shoigu

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Sergei Shoigu pointed out that “a number of countries use any pretexts to build up a military presence near Russian borders”.


Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that NATO’s air reconnaissance intensity near Russian borders increased by 20 percent in 2019. 

“The military and political situation in the South-West strategic direction remains difficult. In an effort to block Russia's participation in solving global and regional problems, an array countries use any pretexts to build up a military presence near our borders”, Shoigu underscored.
He recalled that last year, 25 NATO warships were alternately on mission in the Black Sea and that every third such vessel had cruise missiles on board.

According to him, “since the beginning of this year, NATO aviation has completed more than 80 reconnaissance flights along our territory”.
Earlier this month, the Russian military reported detecting 25 foreign aircraft engaged in reconnaissance activities near the country’s borders, with fighters scrambled twice to prevent illegal entry into Russian airspace.

Late last month, the US deployed the USS Ross guided-missile destroyer into the Black Sea. The Russian Navy, for its part, assured observers that it had the capabilities to monitor the warship’s movement.

Moscow has repeatedly condemned the US and its NATO allies over their maritime exercises, drone and spy plane flights and bomber drills near Russia’s borders, warning that such behaviour only serves to stoke tensions. The alliance has so far ignored these objections.

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NATO boosted aerial surveillance near Russian borders by 20 percent in 2019 - Shoigu

2020/03/37C284A6-5A29-4BD2-8C25-74C456D8A73F-1584700316.jpeg
Read: 5967     14:59     20 March 2020    

Sergei Shoigu pointed out that “a number of countries use any pretexts to build up a military presence near Russian borders”.


Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that NATO’s air reconnaissance intensity near Russian borders increased by 20 percent in 2019. 

“The military and political situation in the South-West strategic direction remains difficult. In an effort to block Russia's participation in solving global and regional problems, an array countries use any pretexts to build up a military presence near our borders”, Shoigu underscored.
He recalled that last year, 25 NATO warships were alternately on mission in the Black Sea and that every third such vessel had cruise missiles on board.

According to him, “since the beginning of this year, NATO aviation has completed more than 80 reconnaissance flights along our territory”.
Earlier this month, the Russian military reported detecting 25 foreign aircraft engaged in reconnaissance activities near the country’s borders, with fighters scrambled twice to prevent illegal entry into Russian airspace.

Late last month, the US deployed the USS Ross guided-missile destroyer into the Black Sea. The Russian Navy, for its part, assured observers that it had the capabilities to monitor the warship’s movement.

Moscow has repeatedly condemned the US and its NATO allies over their maritime exercises, drone and spy plane flights and bomber drills near Russia’s borders, warning that such behaviour only serves to stoke tensions. The alliance has so far ignored these objections.

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