'First of all, I want to note that the military-political situation at our western borders remains tense and has the tendency to escalation', he said at the session of Defense Ministry panel.
According to Shoygu, four international battalion task groups of NATO deployed in the total amount of 5 000 soldiers in Baltic countries and Poland. Moreover, the armor brigade and aviation brigade of the US Armed Forces are deployed in Germany and Poland. Also, the deployment of the elements of the National Missile Defense system of the US is held in the countries of Eastern Europe as Shoygu reminded.
'The intensity and scales of the events of the tactical-combat training of the Armed Forces of bloc-countries near our borders increase. More than 30 drills took place on the territory of Eastern Europe and Baltic countries only during last three months', the minister noted.
Also, Shoygu reported that the troops of the West military district will get more than 1.800 units of the new and modified equipment until the end of 2017.
'The great attention is paid to the provision of the troops with the modern armament, military and special equipment. They will get more than 1.800 units of the new and modified equipment until the end of the year and the supply of them is synchronized with the building of the infrastructure for its storage and service', he said.
According to Shoygu, the special attention is paid to the improvement of the qualification of the military personnel and bodies of military administration.