Russia has raised the stakes in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as President Vladimir Putin has called on the country’s parliament to draft the first law on permanently garrisoning Russian territory along the Ukraine border. The law requires Russia to have 2m troops on the territory of the Russian Federation, a move which will place the country just short of Nato’s target of 2m.
While the exact details of the law have not been made public, the Kremlin insists it’s the most important of its kind since the end of the Cold War.
The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has also stressed the need for Nato, Europe’s biggest defence alliance, to meet its spending targets.
But Moscow has accused Nato of “aggression” and threatened a response.
The Kremlin told Nato troops had been “forced to the limit” in their response to the unprecedented Nato aggression against Ukraine.