- ‘We’re Watching You’ Russia Warns NATO as German Troops Line Border
by KATIE MANSFIELD, http://www.express.co.uk/
RUSSIA has warned NATO it is watching its movements closely as German troops line the Russian border for the first time since World War Two.
Moscow accused the alliance of threatening its security as thousands of troops and heavy weaponry are deployed to the Baltic states, Poland and Germany. The United States has sent thousands of soldiers to the region in its biggest build-up since the Cold War. According to Russian state news agency RIA, Moscow is monitoring the situation closely to ensure its own security is guaranteed.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said: ”This deployment is of course a threat for us. ”And who said that it will end with this? We do not have such information. “For the first time since World War Two we see German soldiers along our borders.”
German troops and armour are due to reinforce Lithuania this month as part of NATO‘s plans, which are designed to reassure European countries after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
Lithuania says more than 130 out of 450 planned troops and 100 tanks, have already arrived in the country. Mr Meshkov said Russia is ready for talks with NATO, warning: “There every action will be followed by either a positive or negative answer. That’s the law of life.”