NATO Military Buildup Near Russian Borders 'Provocative' - Source
17:47 25.06.2015(updated 19:23 25.06.2015)
Russia is preoccupied with NATO military buildup in some European countries and plans to further analyze the bloc's deployment strategies.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – NATO military buildup near Russian borders is an attempt to provoke Russia, Moscow will thoroughly analyze current NATO deployment plans to conclude whether they violate the Russia-NATO Founding Act, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Plans by Washington to station military hardware in a number of European countries were announced by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Tuesday. The Russia-NATO Founding Act of 1997 explicitly pledges that the alliance will not permanently station substantial combat forces in Eastern and Central Europe.
'NATO military buildup near the Russian borders is undoubtedly an attempt to provoke Russia into taking counter-measures,' the source told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.
'It is important for us to analyze whether the Americans with their NATO allies are violating the provisions of the Founding Act,' the source said.
The official added that Russia had repeatedly stated that 'the rotational deployment of NATO forces is no different from the permanent placement.'
Earlier in the day, a US Army spokesman told Sputnik that the deployment of US military hardware, including tanks and armored vehicles, in Eastern Europe does not violate the alliance's agreement with Russia as it is a 'prepositioning' of equipment for training and exercises.
On Wednesday, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis told Sputnik that the preposition is designed to reassure the NATO members of the US commitment to their security amid concerns over alleged Russian aggression.
The Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, have agreed to host US military hardware.
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