Russia is increasing its military presence in the Far East in response to rising tensions in the wider region, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday on the defense website.
Shoigu did not specify what the new threats were, or where the additional troops would go. He promised 500 units of new and modernized equipment for the region, as well as some improvements to the navy’s Northern Fleet.
Alexander Gabuev, an analyst at Moscow’s Carnegie Centre, said Russia was ensuring it has sufficient military capabilities in an area where conflicts could spill over, noting a rising risk of a naval clash between the United States and China.
“Russia cannot be left defenseless and it also needs to operate its capabilities there, in terms of air force, defense and personnel,” he said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s concerns in the Far East centered around the actions of powers from outside the region, without specifying any countries or conflicts.
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