NATO said about the increased activity of Russian submarines in the Atlantic
Representatives of the U.S. Navy and its allies claim that Russia is deploying more submarines and for longer periods of time in areas of the Atlantic ocean, where they can pose a threat to NATO warships, and critical infrastructure of the United States, according to the newspaper the Wall Street Journal, citing representatives of the Alliance and military analysts.
According to the newspaper, at the end of last year, 10 Russian submarines from their bases near the Russian Arctic coast headed in a westerly direction towards the North Atlantic. According to representatives of NATO, which refers to the newspaper, this form of deployment that can be one of the largest exercises since the cold war, is not only a show of force the Russian Navy to protect its territory, but also to demonstrate their strength in the Atlantic.
It is reported that NATO is concerned about the activity of the Russian submarine fleet in the Atlantic ocean.
"Now we are seeing it regularly: more subs, even further, for a longer time", - the newspaper quotes words of the representative of NATO Vice-Admiral Keith Blount.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Welt said that Russia is active in the Arctic, strengthens its presence in the Mediterranean region, and Russian forces are directly at the outer borders of NATO. The Russian foreign Ministry called these statements are contrary to logic and common sense because Russia is not "closer to NATO, and NATO is steadily expanding, continues to move in the direction of our borders."
Statements about the "Russian threat" is periodically heard from the lips of Western politicians, mostly from the Baltic countries and Poland. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that Russia will never attack any of the NATO countries. According to the head of the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, NATO is well aware of the lack of Moscow plans to attack anyone, but just enjoy the excuse to place more vehicles and battalions near the Russian border. Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over the buildup of NATO in Europe.