VLADIMIR PUTIN is reinforcing his border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment, according to reports today.
The move comes as tension remains high despite revelations that a Donald Trump naval armada is not – anyway yet – in position off the Korean peninsula.
A video purports to show one of three trains loaded with military equipment moving towards the 11 mile-long land frontier between Russia and the repressive state.
Another evidently highlights military helicopter movements towards the North Korean border and manoeuvres across rough terrain by army combat vehicles.
Other reports suggest there have been military moves by road as well.
“Railway trains loaded with military equipment moving towards Primorsky region via Khabarovsk have been noticed by locals,” said a report.
“The movement of military equipment by different means of transport to southern areas is being observed across Primorsky region over the past week,” said military veteran Stanislva Sinitsyn.
“Many relate this to the situation in the Korean peninsula.”
“The video shows artillery systems that either support troops in assault or meet the aggressor.”
He said: “The movement of military equipment means that authorities of our country are keeping up with the situation – and take appropriate measures.”
The movements were “a preventive but necessary” measure.
“If the situation worsens, especially related to military events, the armed forces of all the neighbouring countries obviously monitor it more closely, and we are no exception.”
“It is not the first time that North Korea has broken the peace in the region, that’s why this situation deserves attention.”
Russian military spokesman Alexander Gordeyev declined to give the exact reasons for the troop and equipment movements but said exercises had recently ended in the TransBaikal region of Siberia.
The naval port of Vladivostok – where Russia has huge military forces – is fewer than 100 miles from North Korea.
Expert on the repressive state, Konstantin Asmolov, said: “Should the US strike with missiles at North Korea’s nuclear facilities, a radioactive cloud will reach Vladivostok within two hours.”
Full article: Vladimir Putin bolsters border with North Korea by relocating tanks and troops (Express)