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In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia.
In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia.

Russia to boost troops levels along borders to counter NATO

MOSCOW – Russia says it will form new military divisions to be stationed along the country’s borders with Europe to counter a planned NATO buildup.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday that two new divisions would be formed along the western border and one along the southern border by the end of the year.

Shoigu gave no specifics about the number of additional troops to be deployed.

U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that the NATO alliance was considering establishing a continuous rotation of up to 4,000 troops in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry in the West about Russian military assertiveness.

Carter said this would be separate from a U.S. decision to send a U.S. armoured brigade of about 4,200 troops to Eastern Europe next February.

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