Military expert: the Western direction is now the main thing for us

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The Russian Defense Ministry will form about 20 new formations and military units in the Western Military District in response to the actions of NATO countries. On the air of Sputnik radio, this decision was commented on by a military expert, candidate of Historical Sciences Ivan Konovalov.

About 20 new formations and military units will be formed in the Western Military District by the end of the year, and modern weapons and equipment will be delivered to the new units, said the head of the military department, Army General Sergei Shoigu.

According to him, this will be a response to the activity of NATO countries near the Russian borders.

The minister noted that the North Atlantic Alliance, led by the United States, has recently increased the intensity of strategic aviation flights, as well as the presence of warships with cruise missiles, and the number of exercises is growing.

"The actions of our Western colleagues destroy the security system in the world and force us to take adequate measures to counteract them. We are constantly improving the combat composition of the troops, " RIA Novosti quoted Shoigu as saying.

According to the minister, this year the troops of the Far Eastern Military District plan to equip two thousand units of weapons.

On the air of Sputnik radio, these plans were commented on by a military expert, candidate of Historical Sciences Ivan Konovalov.

"For a long time, the western direction was considered quite safe, the main attention of the Ministry of Defense, the armed forces was paid to the southern, Far Eastern direction. But now the western direction is the main one, given the actions of NATO and the United States near the Russian borders. Accordingly, the Western Military District is being reformatted, and new units are being created to strengthen this direction. These are parts and formations of various kinds, including shock ones, " said Ivan Konovalov.

In his opinion, the formation of new formations and military units will not take much time.

"I would note that this has been happening for a long time, new connections have been created in the last 5-7 years. The formation of other formations and units is part of the plan for the construction of our armed forces. For example, a division will require serious time to fully create the entire infrastructure, deploy the control system, equipment, and personnel. But, given that the construction of our armed forces is progressing at a rapid pace, the system itself has already been developed. Therefore, if earlier it took more time, now, of course, everything will be done relatively quickly, " the military expert believes.
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