NATO pulling forces to Russian borders amid calls to deter Russia, says Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

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# 23 October 2021 16:15 (UTC +04:00)

NATO is consistently pulling its forces to Russian borders amid calls for military deterrence of Russia, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Saturday, APA reports citing TASS.

"Amid the calls for military deterrence of Russia, NATO is consistently pulling its forces to our borders," the Russian defense chief said in response to a statement by German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

"The German defense minister must know well how such moves in the past ended for Germany and Europe. There can be only shared security in Europe, without infringements on Russia’s interests. But it is NATO that is unprepared for an equitable dialogue on this issue," Shoigu pointed out.

NATO’s deterrence plan in Afghanistan resulted in a catastrophe, the Russian defense chief said.

"Moreover, the implementation of NATO’s deterrence plan in Afghanistan ended in a catastrophe that the entire world has to deal with now," Shoigu said.

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