Vladimir Putin’s repressive regime has been enraged by the rising variety of flights by US strategic bombers close to Russia’s borders. Deployments of Nato warships and more and more frequent and large-scale navy drills by members of the alliance close to its border have additionally aggravated the Kremlin.
Defence minister Sergei Shoigu claimed that such actions “destroy the worldwide safety system and power us to take the related countermeasures”.
He introduced at a gathering with high brass this week that Russia’s military will “kind one other 20 models and formations within the Western Navy District till the 12 months’s finish”.
The models in Western Russia have commissioned about 2,000 new items of weaponry this 12 months, he added.
The outburst got here amid rising tensions between Russia and the West – primarily over its actions in The Ukraine.
All this got here amid a backdrop of Ukraine transferring nearer to the West.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy beforehand requested Mr Biden to again Kiev’s bid for a Nato membership.
His feedback sparked uproar in Russia which sees Ukraine as being in its sphere of affect as a former USSR stablemate.
Having such a big and highly effective neighbour be a part of an organisation created to counter Russian affect represents a daring menace to Russia and the way it sees itself.
Mr Putin, who’s battling a stuttering financial system and diminishing reputation, might have seen this as a manner of distracting from his inner woes.
It additionally supported his long-standing narrative that the world is towards Russia which is why the nation wants a robust and uncompromising chief.
To date it seems to be working – but when the West’s affect continues to develop within the area it threatens to spark an all-out struggle.
Ukraine has already expressed frustration that its utility to affix Nato isn’t being processed extra rapidly.
However the US, and different Nato members, might be conscious that fast-tracking such a transfer would solely inch the area near struggle.
To date either side have pulled again from the convey, however with tensions persevering with to rise it’s unclear how lengthy that may stay the case.