Vladimir Putin alerts military on threat prospects at Russian border

President Vladimir Putin has alerted the defense ministry on the potential threats at Russian borders.

By: AP | Moscow | Updated: December 22, 2016 5:25 pm
US Presidential elections, Russia US, US elections Russia, US democracy Russia, Russian media, Vladimir Putin, Kremlin, news, latest news, world news, international news FILE – President Vladimir Putin has directed his defense ministry to be vigilante over the threat prospects at Russian borders . (Source: AP, File)

Russian President Vladimir Putin told an annual end-of-year meeting with the defense ministry to be
ready for potential threats at the Russian border. Speaking at the defense ministry on Thursday Putin said the Russian military should follow closely any military movement along its border as well changes “in the military and political situation globally” and be prompt in “adjusting plans to neutralize potential threats to our country.”

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Tensions between Russia and the West escalated after Russia’s annexation in Crimea in 2014 and its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Last year, Russia began an air force operation in Syria to
support President Bashar Assad that’s irked the US in particular.

Both Russia and NATO members conducted a flurry of military drills near the Russian border this year.

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