The Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
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SEVASTOPOL, June 20. /TASS/. The intensification of the North Atlantic Alliance in the South-Western strategic direction has forced Russia to take symmetrical measures to neutralize threats to national security, said the Russian defense Minister, army General Sergei Shoigu, speaking Wednesday in Sevastopol, at a visiting session of the Collegium of the Russian defense Ministry.