InoPressa. The US is preparing to «intense rivalry» with Russia, increasing military budget

On Tuesday, the head of the Ministry of defense submitted the draft Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2017. Russia, China and ISIS Ashton Carter has identified as sources of particularly serious threats to the United States. Eastern Europe «warmly, but cautiously» welcomed the increased U.S. military presence. The government of the Russian Federation described the plan as an attempt to «escalate tensions without apparent reason» and a violation of the Founding act Russia-NATO from 1997. However, according to the expert, Russia’s reaction «don’t be hysterical».

On Tuesday, the head of the Ministry of defense Ashton Carter previously presented at the Washington economic club, the draft Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2017. Russia, China and the «Islamic state» (organization banned in Russia. — Approx. ed.), the head of the Pentagon has identified as sources of particularly serious threats to the United States. Excerpts from a speech Carter leads Michael Schmidt in The New York Times.

The position of America from the point of view of security today is «radically different» from what was observed in the last 25 years, said Carter. The difference, he said, that the U.S. is now deprived of «such luxury, as the only opponent or the choice between present and future battles — we have to lead them at the same time».

«The most intense rivalry» the U.S. is waging with Russia and China, says the head of the Pentagon. These two countries are developing weapons that call into question the «traditional superiority» of the USA (wording in the NYT), and aggressive behave in Ukraine (Russia) and in the South China sea (China). Carter said: «We must demonstrate to potential enemies that if they start a war, we will be able to defeat it».

It is expected that the official presentation of the draft budget will take place next week. The proposed spending on the needs of the army is 582,7 billion is about half the amount, which the U.S. government may dispose of at their discretion, says the publication. From these funds the Pentagon is planning to double spending on the fight against ISIL (in particular, plans to purchase 45 thousand bombs and missiles on $ 1.8 billion) and four times, with 789 million to 3.4 billion, to increase funding of their group in Europe.

Eastern Europe «warmly, but cautiously» welcomed the increased U.S. military presence, according to another article in The New York Times journalist Rick Lyman.

«It is clear that the EU can no longer adequately respond to the show of force by Russia, so the good news is that at least the US finally has intensified,» said Roman Kuzniar, a Professor at the Institute of international relations of Warsaw University.

«We appreciate the decision by President Obama to increase funding for an expanded U.S. military presence on the territory of the frontline NATO allies, said in a statement the Ministry of defence of the Czech Republic. — USA — the leader of the Alliance, and they play an indispensable role in sufficient to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of its collective deterrent force».

«Deterrence is what we strive for, and the decision of the US authorities in advance to deploy military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe will be a clear signal about the resolve and determination», — stated the Minister of defence of Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis.

The publication presents and comments of Russian experts. «Russia will not welcome the strengthening of the American military presence in Europe at a time when, despite the overall political difficulties, there is the risk of direct military confrontation with NATO», — said the chief editor of the Russian magazine «national defense» Igor Korotchenko. However, Korotchenko added, «the response will be hysterical».

According to Ruslan Pukhov, head of the Center for analysis of strategies and technologies, «Russia will continue to develop its military infrastructure in the Western regions, which was not developed until five years ago. On the other hand, new arms will be placed in the West of Russia, not East.»

Korotchenko agree that new weapons systems may be deployed in the region, but he does not expect will be followed by a significant increase in Russian military spending.

«We all remember what ended the arms race for the Soviet Union, — said korochenko. — We do not make the same mistake twice.»

«Moscow condemns U.S. for promoting weapons to Eastern Europe» — says the headline in Foreign Policy.

«In our view, these steps of the USA and NATO are destabilizing European security and cause her damage, — is told in the statement of the Russian Embassy in Washington to Foreign Policy magazine. There can be no doubt that Russia under any circumstances will be able to protect its citizens and national security interests».

Journalist John Hudson explains, the statement was made in response to the draft defense budget released Tuesday by the Pentagon. It is expected to increase four times — from $ 800 million to 3.4 billion funding of the military contingent of the USA in Europe, which will be increased. «More weapons and equipment will be sent to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Baltic States, etc., to Alliance all the time could hold close to the Russian border one fully equipped military armored brigade», — writes the edition. «NATO countries are increasingly concerned that Moscow annexed the Crimea and supported rebels in Eastern Ukraine and periodically threatens its neighbors», — says the publication.

For its part, the government of the Russian Federation stated that the plan announced by the Pentagon, is an attempt to «escalate tensions without apparent reason», and the violation of the Founding act Russia-NATO from 1997.

An unnamed «senior official of US administration» the publication said that US actions are not «threats» and comply with the Act, as the troops will be placed on a rotation basis. He also said that these steps — response to the new challenges NATO «not only in the East but in the South».




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