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Russia with new military bases against NATO enlargement

Russia with new military bases against NATO enlargement

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that Moscow would deploy new military bases in the west of the country in response to NATO enlargement.

"By the end of the year, 12 units and military divisions will be deployed in the Western Military Region," Shoigu said during a meeting broadcast on Russian state television.

The Russian military is expected to receive more than 2,000 units of military equipment and weapons, Shoigu added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to pro-Western Ukraine on February 24, sending shockwaves around the world.

Moscow's military campaign shook Sweden and Finland, which after many decades of impartiality, decided to apply for NATO membership, despite warnings from the Kremlin.

The accession process is expected to take two weeks, while ratification in the parliaments of 30 member states takes up to a year, diplomats said.

Although the accession process is expected to take several weeks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is opposing the membership of Sweden and Finland.

If Turkey's concerns are overcome and membership talks begin, then the two countries can become members within months. The process usually takes eight to 12 months, but NATO wants to move quickly, given the threat posed by Russia to these two Nordic states.

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