In recent years, in the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, NATO has constantly improved its so-called sense of existence. In October 2018, NATO held the Trident joint 2018 joint military exercise in Norway and its surrounding areas, which is the largest joint military exercise of NATO since the end of the cold war. At the same time, NATO also strengthened maritime and air cruises in the Baltic Sea and other places. In August 2019, a NATO F-18 fighter plane was over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, trying to get close to the special plane of Russian Defense Minister sauigu, and then was driven away by two Su-27 fighters carrying out Russian escort missions.
In November 2019, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said after the meeting of foreign ministers of NATO members that space has become the fifth operational area of NATO after sky, land, sea and cyberspace. Although Stoltenberg said at the time that NATO did not intend to deploy weapons in space, his statement still caused Russian concerns.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman zaharova: we will pay close attention to NATO Secretary General Stoltenbergs statement that NATO has no intention of deploying weapons in space. We call on NATO to support Russia in its efforts to prevent an arms race in space, which will have a very negative impact on international security and strategic stability.
Russia has responded to frequent NATO military moves.
In the middle of November 2019, Russia test fired a dagger hypersonic missile with high precision strike capability in the Arctic region. The Russian military also recently released a video of the successful test firing of the white poplar ICBM by the Russian strategic missile force at a shooting range in Astrakhan. On December 1, the first container over the horizon radar station of Russian air force officially entered the combat duty. The radar station will carry out continuous reconnaissance and will detect aircraft and missiles coming from the Baltic, Black Sea and Mediterranean directions.
In an interview recently, Russian ambassador to the UK Andrei Kling refuted the remarks about the Russian threat and called on NATO to reconsider its relations with Russia.
Andre Kling, Russian ambassador to the UK: our letter (to NATO) is very simple. Lets reconsider the current situation, because Russia does not threaten NATO.