In what he views a new round of provocation by NATO, Russian Chief of the General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov told annual briefing for foreign military attaches in Moscow the North Atlantic Alliance is beefing up its nuclear facilities.
The U.S.-led alliance has enlarged the capacities of port and airfield infrastructure, upgraded delivery vehicles, and enlarged its storage facilities to hold more U.S. tactical nuclear weapons, he said. These weapons are not included in the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as New START.
"That is how the North Atlantic Alliance carries on with its policy aimed at increasing military presence in Eastern Europe."
Russia has routinely accused the U.S. and its allies of engaging in “aggression” in Eastern Europe with its positioning of military forces in close proximity with its borders. Recently, a senior diplomat said relations between the U.S. and Russia remain at “Cold War levels.”