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<div> <p><span class="caps">MOSCOW</span> – The Russian defence ministry on Monday handed a protest note to a German military attache due to the German defence minister’s comments over the need to deter Russia’s nuclear capabilities, <span class="caps">RIA</span> state news agency reported.</p> <p>The Russian defence ministry said it summoned the German diplomat and “drew attention to the comments by German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on the nuclear deterrence of Russia, and a note was handed over,” according to <span class="caps">RIA</span>.</p> <p>The move is the latest sign of mounting tension between Moscow and <span class="caps">NATO</span> after defence ministers from the Western alliance agreed on a new plan on Thursday to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts.</p> <p>“This is the way of deterrence,” German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said of the plan last week.</p> <p>On Saturday, Russia Defence Minister Sergi Shoigu accused <span class="caps">NATO</span> of gradually gathering forces near Russia’s borders and being unwilling to discuss European security with Moscow on equal terms.</p> <p/> </div>