‘Encroaching on our borders will be met with all due consequences’: Russia threatens NATO

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

Kremlin said new doctrine would be in place by Christmas and called NATO the ‘biggest military threat to Russia’
News comes amid heightened East-West tensions over Ukraine, with Putin warning he could ‘take Kiev in two weeks’
Rhetoric has been stepped up as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to visit former Soviet state Estonia tomorrow
He will meet with leaders of Baltic nations to assure them of their security and ease fears of future Russian invasions
Meanwhile Ukraine says more than 2,000 Russian paratroopers have now been killed while fighting inside the country

By Will Stewart
2 September 2014

Russia has revealed it is urgently updating its military doctrine, accusing NATO of posing a direct military threat to its security by ‘encroaching on our borders’.

The Kremlin said any Western aggression on the annexed peninsula of Crimea would constitute an attack on Russia itself, and would therefore be met ‘with all due consequences’.

The warning comes amid heightened East-West tension over the crisis in Ukraine, with Vladimir Putin telling European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso: ‘If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.’

U.S. president Barack Obama will travel to Estonia tomorrow – his second visit to a former Soviet state this year – to assure nervous Baltic leaders of his ironclad commitment to their security, amid growing fears Russia may move to seize territory from other neighbouring countries.

With a major NATO summit in Wales this week, the deputy chairman of the Kremlin’s powerful Security Council said the new Russian military doctrine would be in place later this year.

‘I have no doubts that the issue of NATO military infrastructure encroaching on our borders, including through the expansion of the alliance, will remain among the biggest military threats to the Russian Federation,’ he said.

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