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    Monday, July 4, 2016

    World War 3? Furious Putin to ramp up Russia’s military training after NATO warning

    VLADIMIR Putin is preparing to bolster Russia's military training after condemning NATO's plans to deploy more forces in Eastern Europe. Defence chief Andrey Krasov branded NATO proposals to send four 

    multi-national battalions to the Baltic countries and Poland "unfriendly".

    He said: “This increase of the military bloc is definitely an unfriendly step on NATO’s part. It really poses a threat to the Russian Federation."

    The deputy head of the State Duma Committee – a branch of the Russian parliament – said Moscow will hand their soldiers more advanced weapons in response to the plans.

    He said: “We must react to this by holding military exercises and be supplying our military forces with the most advanced weapons and other hardware."

    NATO's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg described the move as a reply to Russia’s soar in military activity near Ukraine and in the Baltic Sea region.

    But Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said its military and special services are keeping an eye on NATO's movements close to the Russian borders.

    He said: “Our defence ministry and all responsible services are duly watching all changes in the dislocation of foreign military forces near our borders.

    "They analyse all changes and movements and take measures to defend Russia’s interests and protect its security.”

    The Russian president has reportedly launched a major inspection into the readiness of its military for combat as well as into its weapons arsenal.

    But these allegations were dismissed as "ridiculous" by Russian Envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko.

    Tensions have been rising in Russia after Moscow warned the US of intimidation when an American missile destroyer sailed close to the Russian border.

    Mr Grushko accused the US of attempting "to exercise military pressure on Russia".

    He added: “We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force.”

    Source: express.co.uk

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