MOSCOW – The Russian troops in the Crimea will give “no chance” to opponents who dare to attack the peninsula, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.
“A unique interdisciplinary group has been created and strengthened on the peninsula. Its modern state-of-the-art weapons systems do not give a chance to a potential adversary who dares to invade what is intrinsically Russian territory,” he said.
According to him, for Russia this peninsula “always played a role of special importance”. The minister also stressed that, over two and a half centuries, events in the Crimea have been vital to the country’s fate.
“The glorious victories of the Black Sea Fleet have made international history and became our pride,” he added.
According to him, today the Crimea “continues to play a critical role in protecting the country.”
The defense minister also drew attention to NATO’s activation south-west of Russia’s borders.
According to Shoigu, NATO’s actions require a symmetrical response from Russia to neutralize the challenges to national security.
“Since the beginning of the year, 13 large-scale maneuvers involving more than 40,000 military personnel and 2,000 units of military equipment have been organized by the Alliance in the strategic south-western region of Russia,” said the minister.
As a reciprocal measure, the minister proposed to “combine strategic containment actions by increasing combat capabilities of the Southern Military District of Russia.”
Although NATO has tried to indirectly attack Russia in Ukraine, South Ossetia and Syria, Moscow has resisted all these events successfully. This has seen the liberation of Crimea, the self-declared independence of Lugansk and Donetsk, the preservation of South Ossetia’s sovereignty and the successful resistance of Syria against NATO-backed jihadist forces. Russia has played a pivotal role on all these fronts, effectively frustrating the US-led NATO alliance as it has not been able to achieve its power projections and weaken the Eurasian giant.