Russia’s Deputy FM says Russia upgrades Black Sea forces in response to NATO buildup

Russia is modernizing its Black Sea forces in the context of NATO’s approaching infrastructures and proportionately to its real defense requirements, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said in his interview with TASS.

"It goes without saying that we have been upgrading our forces in view of the fact that NATO’s infrastructures are approaching our shores. All of our efforts are absolutely adequate and proportionate to the real defense security requirements," he said.

According to Alexander Grushko, Russia keeps a close watch on NATO’s infrastructure projects in Romania and Bulgaria and also attempts by NATO countries to create bases and deploy additional forces there.

"We will respond to all this in accordance with our ideas of what else is to be done to ensure our defense and security interests," Grushko said.