Russia’s top military leaders say the U.S.-led military alliance is “in danger” of losing its control over NATO, with defense chiefs warning that NATO has not acted to counter Russian aggression and warned of a possible U.N. Security Council resolution.
The defense chiefs of Russia’s armed forces and the military intelligence and strategic advisory services told reporters Tuesday that Moscow’s forces and air defenses have stepped up their offensive in the Baltics and have launched dozens of airstrikes on Russian targets in the last 24 hours, but that NATO’s “command and control” was not functioning properly and that its defense plans were not in sync with its own.
Russia’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday also said it had ordered air defense missile systems to be deployed at a strategic location in Eastern Europe, while NATO officials on Monday called for the deployment of air defense systems in the Baltic states.NATO’s defense ministers are set to hold a meeting on the situation on Thursday.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Defense Secretary Nikolai Patrushev are expected to present their own assessment of the situation in the Black Sea and East Europe, and the alliance is preparing to deploy a “precision strike” force to the region.
Russia, along with the U, has been increasingly focused on defending its own interests in Eastern and Central Europe against NATO-backed forces.