On the eve of a NATO summit on Ukraine, Kremlin adviser Mikhail Popov said Tuesday that Moscow plans to alter its military strategy as a result of the Ukraine crisis and NATO’s presence in eastern Europe. The updated strategy, he said, would reflect deterioration relations with the US and respond to NATO’s plans to deploy crisis response forces to Eastern Europe close to Russian borders. He did not elaborate on the changes.
Popov said Russia was the target of an unprecedented propaganda war and deliberately painted as the enemy and a threat to NATO.
Alliance leaders hold a two-day meeting in Wales this coming Thursday and Friday. In the past 24 hours, 15 Ukrainian government troops were killed in fighting against pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Kiev said that movements of Russian troops had been reported in six towns in the rebel-held region of Donetsk and in four communities in the Luhansk area.