Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has promised to send more troops near Nordic countries.

According to Shoigu, five marine corps divisions will be formed from the Navy’s coastal troops, which already have marine brigades. The 61st Naval Infantry Brigade, located near the border with Norway and Finland in Pechenga, has contributed soldiers to Syria and Ukraine.

The Defence Minister of Russia says that ‘retaliatory measures are required’ because Finland and Sweden have joined NATO.

President Vladimir Putin met with senior military officials on Wednesday and was briefed on the issues concerning the armed forces. As a result, according to Shoigu, new military bases will be established in the west.

Shoigu added that in light of NATO’s desire to build up military force near Russia’s borders and to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at Finland and Sweden’s expense, retaliatory measures are needed to assemble the correct number of troops in Northwestern Russia.

It was reported that thousands of soldiers from the Kola Peninsula were sent to the battlefields, and hundreds were killed. The 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Northern Fleet lost a lot of men during the first weeks of last winter’s war in particular.

With that, an army corps would be formed in Karelia. The 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Pechenga and the 80th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Alakurtti will be part of a larger motorized rifle division situated in the northern regions. Military districts in the West, the Centre, and the East will also have such divisions.