August 22, 2018 / 1:42 PM / 4 months ago

Putin: Russia must strengthen its military infrastructure due to NATO

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a joint news conference following their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia August 22, 2018. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - NATO is moving its military infrastructure closer to the Russian border and Russia needs to strengthen its own infrastructure in response, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

He spoke at a news conference after talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

Putin also said NATO was refusing to discuss rules for military flights with Russia.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Polina Nikolskaya; editing by John Stonestreet

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