A Russian Defense Ministry board is discussing the issue of forming a grouping of forces in the Crimean Federal District, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday.
“Analysis of the possible development of events dictates the necessity to maintain readiness of troops of the Southern Military District to ensure the military security of the country and its allies on the south-western strategic direction. In these conditions, the formation of a full-fledged and self-sufficient inter-branch grouping of forces on the Crimean Peninsula is a priority task,” Shoigu said.
In his assessment, the military and political situation in Russia’s southwest remains complicated.
“In many respects, this is connected with the situation in Ukraine, with fomentation of anti-Russian moods on the part of NATO and reinforcement of foreign military presence in the immediate vicinity to our borders,” Shoigu said.