Russian military leaders would not rule out the possibility of the creation of a Caspian grouping, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said in a statement Saturday during a training exercise of Russia's Caspian Flotilla, which has been underway for some days now.
The minister elaborated the grouping in question could include Kazakhstan apart from Russia. He noted that the threats existing around the Caspian Sea are "real," adding that the Russian military establishment had been candid about the exercise's purpose from the very start.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969