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    NATO activity on the Russian border is aimed at scrapping of the military parity between the sides, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He added that despite these developments, Russia was not going to give way to "a militaristic frenzy" but would react accordingly.

    "We are constantly being accused of military activity. Where? On our own territory. But the things happening on our borders are considered 'normal.' Rapid responses forces are being deployed, arsenals of offensive weapons are replenished in Poland and the Baltic states. All this is aimed at undermining the decades long military parity," Putin said at the meeting with Russian ambassadors.

    Russian diplomats should continue their work on the elimination of existing and prevention of new hotbeds of tension, first of all, along the Russian borders, Putin said.

    "Russian diplomacy should continue to actively promote the settlement of the existing and prevent the emergence of new hotbeds of tension and conflict, primarily at our borders."

    While protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia, it is important to create "an atmosphere of cooperation and neighborly relations," he added.

    Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Europe, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move. Moscow has repeatedly denied the claims and warned NATO that the military buildup on Russia’s borders is provocative and threatens the existing strategic balance of power.

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