Dmitry Novikov, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, commented in an interview with RT on the statement by Pentagon head Mark Esper that the United States is regrouping its troops in Europe in order to build up its military presence at Russian borders.
“The arrival of Trump, despite all that he promised to focus on solving internal political problems, led to the fact that the US military budget increased significantly, military spending increased … When Esper talks about the expansion of NATO’s influence, then, of course, we read in brackets I mean, first of all, the influence of the United States, ”Novikov explained.
The parliamentarian stressed that the very fact of such statements is not “a novelty of US policy.”
“Because the military speaks up when their bosses, politicians, have already spoken, and the politicians of the United States have spoken out through the documents that they adopt regarding US national defense and security,” he added.
According to the deputy, all recent documents clearly contain a list of “threats”, and Russia is among the first three.
“So the statements of the military are in full accordance with the statements, actions and strategies of US statesmen, those who determine the foreign policy of this country,” concluded Novikov.
Earlier, Esper said that the United States is bringing troops closer to the borders of Russia by regrouping in Europe.
He noted that we are talking about strengthening the containment of Russia and strengthening NATO.