The UK’s Daily Mail reports today that Russia is beginning a build up of military forces along the eleven-mile border between Russia and North Korea.
The news comes just days after the announcement that China has sent 150,000 troops to fortify their own border.
According to the Daily Mail, the fortification is two-fold:
- This is in reaction to expected wave of refugees out of North Korea should war erupt. The possibility of a humanitarian crisis becomes more probable as the rhetoric continues to heat up between Trump and North Korea.
- The risk of all-out war has increased dramatically over the past two weeks.
Russian military veteran Stanislva Sinitsyn had the following to say, “The movement of military equipment means that authorities of our country are keeping up with the situation – and take appropriate measures. If the situation worsens, especially related to military events, the armed forces of all the neighbouring countries obviously monitor it more closely, and we are no exception. It is not the first time that North Korea has broken the peace in the region, that’s why this situation deserves attention.”
According to the Daily Mail, “Moscow’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said: ‘Unfortunately, we have to admit that the risk of a serious conflict in this region has substantially increased.’ He called for a ‘demonstration of responsibility’ from all sides to avoid escalation.”