Believing that the armed forces had demonstrated their capacity to defend the country, the Minister of Defense decreed the end of “combat readiness” checks, specifying that he was monitoring NATO’s deployment within the framework of Defender Europe.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Choïgou announced on April 22 that he had decided to “put an end to verification operations in the southern and western military districts”, within the framework of which military exercises were taking place in the Black Sea.
Controls of “combat readiness”, announced several weeks ago, had indeed started on April 14 in a particularly tense international context between Moscow and the West, in particular on the Ukrainian file.
“I believe that the objectives of the unannounced inspection have been fully achieved. The armed forces have demonstrated their ability to ensure reliable defense of the country, ”commented Sergei Shoigu from Crimea. He ordered the return of troops to their “permanent deployment points” as of April 23.
Russia closely follows NATO exercise Defender Europe-2021
The Russian Defense Minister specified that he would nevertheless follow “closely the transfer of forces from [l’OTAN] to the area of planned exercises Defender Europe – 2021 ”. Sergueï Choïgou specified that centers accommodating troops and NATO equipment had been set up in several European countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria ”. Military equipment is currently passing through Greek ports, according to information from the Russian minister.
He added that “one of the key groups” of NATO forces was “deployed in the Black Sea region”.
Kiev had also announced several weeks ago the holding of joint exercises with the Atlantic Alliance in the coming months. More than a thousand Ukrainian and NATO soldiers must thus simulate a military offensive in order to restore “the territorial integrity of a state which has been attacked by one of the hostile neighboring countries”.
The European Union, the United States and NATO have increased threats against Russia in recent weeks, accusing Moscow of deploying Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.
For its part, Russia, which recently accused Kiev of “provocations” in eastern Ukraine, had specified that these movements were aimed at “ensuring security. [des] borders [russes]”, In the context of” an increasing activity of the armed forces of NATO member countries, other alliances and independent countries […] found along the Russian border ”.
“This should not worry anyone, it poses no threat to anyone,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained.