UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in his written statement to the House of Representatives said Washington was concerned about Russia’s desire for dominance.
According to the head of the Pentagon, a recent hypersonic weapons demonstration “confirms concerns about the growing military potential (Moscow. – Ed.) And intentions to undermine the NATO alliance .”
“Russia continues to intend to upset international norms and reaffirm its regional dominance, violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries, violating treaty obligations and participating in harmful cyber operations on a global scale. Moscow continues to seek rapid modernization of its armed forces,” the document says.
Russia rejects claims of interference in the affairs of other states.
In general, in his testimony, Esper focused on confronting Russia and China as the “practically equal” US military powers.
So, according to him, Beijing “continues to use and abuse diplomatic, economic and military force to try to change the landscape of power and change the world in its favor, often at the expense of others.”
Vladimir Putin previously stated that Russia was not going to attack anyone. According to him, the Russian threat is “an invention of those who want to cash in on their role as the advanced detachment of the fight against Russia, to receive some bonuses and preferences for this.”
Moscow in recent years has repeatedly declared the unprecedented activity of NATO at its borders and expressed concern about the buildup of alliance forces in Europe.
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