Russian Military Explains Reason Behind Troops, Hardware Movement in Far East

Saturday, April 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

A Russian military official commented on a British tabloid’s claim that Russia is allegedly “sending troops and equipment to Russia’s border with North Korea.”

The Daily Mail reported Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly “sending troops and equipment to Russia’s border with North Korea” over fears that the United States is “preparing to attack” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The UK newspaper claimed Putin is afraid there will be a huge outflow of North Korean refugees should the US decide to launch military action against Pyongyang.

All the movements of military hardware in the region are planned, the head of the Russian Eastern Military District press service, Alexander Gordeev told Sputnik.

“All the military equipment and troop movements are being carried out in accordance with the plan of as part of a combat exercise. The drills are held from April 3 until April 29. As part of this, units are being put on alert and conduct a quick march to an unfamiliar training ground,” he said.

He also said that the Russian military conducted maneuvers involving air defense units and aviation in the region of Buryatia, while artillery drills were held in the Transbaikalia region; and the troops return to their home bases.

Earlier, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich also told Sputnik that the movement of military hardware in Russia’s Far East is part of an approved plan of exercises for the combat training of Russia’s Armed Forces, while the Daily Mail report is just a speculation.

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