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Putin says Russia must strengthen as ‘aggressive’ NATO approaches

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

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Russia must boost its combat readiness at a time when NATO is expanding and moving its infrastructure towards Russia’s borders, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

“NATO is strengthening its aggressive rhetoric and its aggressive actions near our borders,” Putin said in a speech in the lower house of parliament.

“In these conditions, we are duty-bound to pay special attention to solving the task of strengthening the combat readiness of our country.”