Russia to boost its military presence in the Far East



Russia is boosting its military presence in the Far East, amid growing tensions in the “eastern strategic direction”, the country’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

Without specifying what the new threats were and where the new troops would go, Shoigu said reinforcements were sent because of tensions in the area encompassing Russia’s eastern border with China and the wider Asia-Pacific, Reuters reported.

He also pledged 500 units of new and modernised equipment for the region, as well as some improvements to the navy’s Northern Fleet.

According to the reports, Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s concerns in the Far East centred around the actions of powers from outside the region.

“All of these, of course, do not contribute to stability in this region,” said Peskov.

In recent months, the region has also seen growing tensions, with massive movements protesting against economic and administrative shortcomings in the periphery, and denouncing President Vladimir Putin’s continued rule.


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