NATO Claims Russia Gathered 20,000 Troops on Ukraine Border

BRUSSELS, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said Tuesday Russia had beefed up its troops along its border with Ukraine by some 20,000 soldiers.

On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO revived its propaganda against Moscow in order “to justify the alleged need to ‘rally its ranks’ in the face of an imaginary external threat to NATO, to increase military expenditure and to boost the demand for the alliance in the 21st century.” The ministry also sharply criticized NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen for his ungrounded confrontational rhetoric against Russia that resembles ‘Cold War’ propaganda clichés.

In a Sunday interview with French newspaper Midi Libre, Rasmussen said the alliance would draw up new defense plans in the face of alleged “Russia’s aggression” against Ukraine, and again encouraged NATO countries to increase their defense spending.

Full article: NATO Claims Russia Gathered 20,000 Troops on Ukraine Border (RIA Novosti)

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