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Russia: NATO’s planned eastward build-up is destabilizing

Western military alliance says it wants to bolster defenses on its eastern flank without provoking the Kremlin

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NATO’s plan of its biggest build-up in eastern Europe since the Cold War is a destabilizing factor designed to contain Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

Worried since Russia’s seizure of Crimea that Moscow could present a threat to Eastern Europe, the Western military alliance says it wants to bolster defenses on its eastern flank without provoking the Kremlin by stationing large forces permanently.