The Russian government announced this Monday that it would set up another 20 military units in the west of the country before the end of the year in order to respond to the latest measures by the NATO countries.
“Before the end of the year we will form around 20 military groups and units in the western military district,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
“The actions of our Western colleagues are destroying the security system in the world and are forcing us to take appropriate measures,” the minister argued, as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has assured that Moscow will react to possible new measures by the European Union (EU) against the country, including the possibility of sanctions.
Lavrov has stressed the country is open to working with the bloc, adding that “this does not mean that new unkind moves or attempts to speak from a position of strength or interference in internal affairs go unanswered.”
He described the state of relations between Russia and the EU as “worrying” and denounced the bloc’s “obvious interference” in the internal affairs of the country and its allies. Lavrov said that “the EU has decided to isolate itself from Russia” and that the continent is “experiencing a crisis of confidence without a predecessor”.
Lavrov also stressed that the EU’s response to Washington’s policies against arms control systems was “surprising” before adding that rhetoric against Russia abroad was turning into military reinforcement against the country, according to Russian news agency TASS.