NATO continues building up its military potential near the Russian borders, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.




“Instead of uniting efforts against international terrorism, NATO has declared Russia a threat and continues its military buildup near our borders,” Shoigu said at the Defense Ministry’s final board meeting.


NATO has increased its maritime reconnaissance near Russian borders by 1.5 times, Shoigu said.


“The maritime reconnaissance near our territorial waters has increased in frequency. We have been keeping an eye on these activities and preventing any attempts to violate Russia’s maritime borders. NATO has also stepped up its military drills, most of which are aimed against Russia,” the minister added.