Europe is on the verge of becoming the next battleground following reports of military mobilizations. Both the West and Russia are set to establish striking positions as part of defensive maneuvers from both sides.
NATO's growing military presence in Eastern Europe has prompted the Federation to send three divisions along its borders.
According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russia troops will be stationed at Russia's western and southern flanks.
He points out that the swelling of NATO forces on Russian fronts is a concern which is why countermeasures are being implemented by the Defense Ministry. Structures for the new military divisions will also be erected.
Although information about Russian deployment is very limited, the media as divulged that around 30,000 soldiers will be sent at the sites.
Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter states that NATO is looking at putting about 4,000 troops in Poland and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The contingent will reinforce the 4,200-strong US Armored Brigade which was stationed in the area back in February.
Carter further adds that military augmentation in Europe's eastern front will be supplied by NATO on a regular rotation basis.
Andrei Kelin, a Senior Russian Defense Ministry official, warns that the NATO build-up introduces a perilous standpoint considering that the deployment is within Russian borders.
Since 2014, Washington and its European allies have been worried about Moscow's mobilizations when it forcibly acquired Crimea from Ukraine. Russia's show of force at the Baltics has prompted the three states to request for the stationing of NATO personnel in the region.
In recent weeks, Russia has engaged in maneuvers which simulated attacks on an American warship at the Baltic Sea. In addition, aerial engagements by the Federation's fighter jets against US planes are also included. Although US has reacted against Russia's provocative moves, Moscow has downplayed such concerns. Despite the amassing of troops at the Baltics, the Kremlin has reiterated that there are no plans to engage militarily at the region.
NATO analysts reveal that surface-to-air missiles are being deployed in Kaliningrad in order to stave off the Atlantic organization's air access.