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Russia slams 'confrontational' tone of US military strategy

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 2, 2015 3:32PM

Russia has criticized the so-called National Military Strategy of the United States, saying the newly released document carries a "confrontational" message and will not help normalize ties between the two countries.

In an interview with Russia's TASS news agency on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov voiced regret that the US strategy branded Russia as a "revisionist state" which does not respect the sovereignty of its neighboring countries.

"As far as the United States is concerned, one can merely express regret because the security concept is a medium-term and long-term document. The document's wording is indicative of a confrontational mood, devoid of any impartiality towards our country," Peskov said.

He also noted that Washington's military strategy is unlikely to contribute to the efforts to "steer bilateral relations towards normalization, which is extremely necessary for joint struggle against the existing challenges no single country can cope with on its own," including the threat of the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.

The US National Military Strategy released by the Pentagon on July 1 claimed that Russia's "actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces."

Relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated sharply since Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea joined the Russian Federation following a referendum in March last year.

Ties were strained further after Ukraine launched military operations in April 2014 to silence pro-Russian forces in the country's eastern regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.

Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of supporting the pro-Russians in Ukraine. The Kremlin, however, has denounced the claims as groundless.

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