NATO: Russia massing weapons in Crimea

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Russia has vastly enhanced its military capabilities in Crimea since annexing the peninsula, turning it into a "power projection platform", a senior NATO general has reportedly said.

"What we've seen is easy to describe as the militarisation of Crimea," the alliance's top commander for Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said in an interview with Ukrainian channel 1+1.

"They've brought an air capability, they've increased their capability to project sea power from there," he said.

"We see very capable surface-to-air defence systems that range about 40 percent of the Black Sea and we've seen very sophisticated missile defence systems that range almost the entire Black Sea."

"Crimea has become very much a power projection platform," he said in an interview broadcast in Ukrainian on Sunday evening, of which AFP has obtained the original English version.




Source: NATO: Russia massing weapons in Crimea | World | 3 News
 
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