The United States has strengthened its armed forces in Europe in recent years, according to a Russian security official – Army & Defense

MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. The United States has strengthened its ground forces in Europe by 30% over the past seven years, while the intensity of US bomber flights near Russian borders has increased by 40% during the year, the official said. Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Mikhail Popov in a statement. interview with the daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Wednesday.

“His [the US] The main objective in Europe is to create a constant threat “to Russia and therefore a substantial American force numbering more than 60,000 troops, 200 tanks and approximately 150 combat aircraft has been established in the region”, underlined the Russian security official.

“The structure and combat capabilities of the U.S. military contingent have increased dramatically over the past seven years, the strength of U.S. ground forces in Europe has increased by 30 percent, and the amount of armor has quadrupled,” the deputy secretary told Russian Security. said the Council.

In addition, tactical nuclear weapons “are being kept in standby mode and the capabilities of the European segment of the US global missile shield are being strengthened”, he added.

In general, the US armed forces have significantly intensified their activities in the Western strategic direction,” the Russian security official stressed.

“In the past year alone, the intensity of US strategic bomber flights near Russian borders has increased by 40%. The intensity of aerial reconnaissance with the aim of revealing opportunities to break through restricted areas (banned) Russians, first of all, in the Kaliningrad region and Crimea, almost doubled,” he said.

In addition, “NATO warships continue their provocative activities in the Black Sea,” he added.