Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke at a meeting with ministry officials on the military strengthening of Russia's western borders and the creation of the Leningrad and Moscow military districts.
“Western countries continue to support Ukraine,” Shoigu said.
"The collective West is waging a proxy war against Russia by providing unprecedented support to the Kyiv regime," he added.
Shoigu said that since February last year, Ukraine has received hundreds of tanks, more than 4,000 armored vehicles, more than 1,000 artillery systems, dozens of Western-made multi-barrel rocket launchers and air defense missile systems from the West.
"The total amount of aid from NATO, the EU, and their partners has exceeded $160 billion," he emphasized.
At the same time, Shoigu pointed out that the United States has consistently sent longer-range missiles and lethal weapons to Ukraine than its allies, and recalled that in May, the United Kingdom delivered long-range guided "Storm Shadow" missiles to Ukraine.
The minister emphasized that in the face of the growing shortage of ammunition for the Ukrainian army's Western-style artillery systems, Washington had committed a "war crime" by including cluster munitions, banned by international convention, in its aid package, while NATO countries were actively working to supply Kyiv with F-16 fighter jets.
Noting that approximately 360 thousand soldiers, 8 thousand tanks and armored vehicles, 6 thousand artillery systems, 650 aircraft, and helicopters have been deployed in the immediate vicinity of the borders of the Russian-Belarusian Union State, taking into account the armed forces of Eastern European countries, Shoigu reported that the number of NATO bloc troops in non-regional states has increased 2.5 times since February last year and reached 30 thousand people.
"These threats to Russia's military security require a timely and appropriate response. We will discuss the necessary measures to neutralize them at the meeting and take appropriate decisions," he concluded.
Source: Anadolu Agency