NATO very closely following Russia's military buildup, including in Crimea – Stoltenberg

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Canan Kevser
16 January 2021, 15:43
Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Albania, Ilir Meta
Canan Kevser
16 January 2021, 15:43

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the Alliance is closely monitoring Russia's efforts to boost military presence in Africa, Middle East, Crimea, and other parts of the globe.

Stoltenberg asserted that NATO has seen "increased military build-up by Russia, from the High North all the way to the Baltic region, Black Sea Middle East and North Africa."

The NATO chief added that this is something which is of great concern.

"We are following the Russian military build-up, very closely. This is also the reason why NATO has increased the readiness of forces, invested more in new capabilities; and why we are adapting NATO in response also to a more assertive Russia, which is investing heavily in new military equipment and also increasing its military presence along our borders," Stoltenberg said at a joint press point with President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Ghazouani on January 14.