12:50 May. 4, 2016
The divisions will be deployed along Russian border by the end of the year
Russia will add three new military divisions to counter the growing strength of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Reuters reports.
The divisions, which will be deployed along Russia's western and southern borders, will be formed by the end of the year, the Interfax news agency reported.
"The Ministry of Defence has adopted a series of measures to counter the growing capacity of NATO forces in close proximity to the Russian borders," Shoigu says.
On May 3 U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has accused Russia of "nuclear sabre-rattling" and of being intent on eroding international order.
"We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us", he said
Previously U.S.-Russian ties have been strained by the Ukraine crisis and recent military encounters in the Baltic Sea.