The deputy speaker of the Crimean parliament has sounded the alarm on escalating navy exercise on Russia’s borders, insisting that these living on the disputed peninsula simply wish to be left alone.
In feedback reported by RIA Novosti, Efim Fiks warned that an aggressive US-led marketing campaign towards the stationing of Russian troops in Crimea, which was reabsorbed into the nation in 2014, is resulting in rising pressure.“Russia makes the selections it wants to make sure the safety of the territory, our borders and the state. Those selections are an inside affair of Russia, and there’s no motive for NATO to become involved when it doesn’t have to,” he stated.
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Fiks added that “NATO, together with the United States, is doing everything to bring its armed forces closer to the borders of Russia. This can be seen as preparation for an armed invasion of the territory of the Russian Federation.”
The parliamentarian’s intervention comes only a day after NATO printed a report arguing that Moscow engages in “assertive policies and aggressive action,” which has “negatively impacted the security of the Euro-Atlantic area.” It went on to state that “in the long term until 2030, Russia is likely to remain the main military threat to the North Atlantic Alliance.” In an address to leaders on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that member states needed to further increase their presence on the border with Crimea, and in the Black Sea.Another strain on relations between Russia and the West was NATO’s decision to test fire rockets with the potential to hit the disputed area from nearby Romania. Responding to the exercises last week, the deputy head of the Public Chamber of Crimea, Alexander Formanchuk, told reporters Russian armed forces had deployed advanced hardware to the peninsula, which would neutralize any “surprise missile attack.”Like this story? Share it with a pal!