Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu promised to take 'retaliatory measures' if Sweden and Finland were drawn into the NATO alliance, in a speech from Moscow on Tuesday. «There is concern about the involvement in NATO structures of Finland and Sweden, and in May a treaty was signed providing for their full participation in the exercises of the alliance and the possibility of using its command... Еще and control systems for troops and weapons. In exchange, NATO received unimpeded access to the airspace and territorial waters of these countries,» Shoygu outlined. «Such steps by Western colleagues lead to the destruction of the existing security system in the world, generate even greater mistrust, forcing us to take retaliatory measures,» the Russian Defence Minister warned. According to the minister, the NATO contingent in Eastern Europe has increased from 2,000 to 15,000 servicemen since 2014. Since the beginning of the year, the North Atlantic bloc has conducted more than 100 exercises, which involved up to 80,000 troops.