Putin concerned about NATO bolstering their troops near Russian border

12:27, 23 June 2021
Putin concerned about NATO bolstering their troops near Russian border Photo: Kremlin Pool/Global Look Press

The ninth Moscow Conference on International Security took place on Wednesday, where the Russian president Vladimir Putin touched upon NATO’s military infrastructure and its troops deployed near the Russian border. The alliance is reluctant to consider the proposals to de-escalate tensions, according to Vladimir Putin.

"We expect that common sense and the desire to develop constructive relations with us will eventually prevail," Putin added.

Vladimir Putin has also expressed his opinion on Strategic stability. The president said that there must be a political will for compromise which can lower the tensions and lead to stability.

"Earlier, Russia presented proposals to develop a new security formula, which should take into account all factors that have an influence on strategic stability in interconnection. We are convinced that political will and willingness to compromise can yield a positive result", according to Vladimir Putin.

The Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the attendees of the meeting that the alliance was also working out the routes to quickly move its troops to the borders of the union state of Russia and Belarus. He also added that the Defender Europe drills had been practiced along the eastern flank.

Shoigu has noted that the recent NATO summit in Brussels confirmed that the bloc was aimed at containing Russia and China.

"The decisions taken at the summit to increase the military spending of the member states and to boost the potential of nuclear deterrence will consolidate the military confrontation in Europe for years," Shoigu said at the conference.

Shoigu believes that the dialogue proposed by Brussels will not reduce tensions in bilateral relations, especially when some European countries are interested in an escalating conflict.