Russia to Ensure Strong Military Presence in Crimea
The deterioration of the situation in Ukraine and growing foreign presence in the vicinity of Russian borders corrected the plans of the Southern Military District’s command. This was stated by Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu at a meeting of the Russian Defence Ministry’s board.
“The deployment of a fully-fledged and self-sufficient military contingent in Crimea is a priority for the Russian military. The military political situation in southwestern strategic areas has drastically changed since the beginning of the year,” Mr. Shoygu said.
“To a greater extent, it is related to the territorial expansion of the Southern Military District after Crimea’s reunification with Russia. In addition, the situation in Ukraine has dramatically deteriorated and foreign military presence in the vicinity of our border has increased. Such state of things has made certain adjustments in the routine work of the Southern Military District’s command,” Mr. Shoygu concluded.