«Russia is not going to get involved in a new arms race», President Vladimir Putin said as he ordered his government to work out «balanced and realistic» defense strategy for 2016 through 2025.
«Someone really wants to unleash a new arms race», Russia’s president said at a meeting with senior defense industry officials. «We, of course, are not going to be involved in this race»
Putin tasked the defense industry to work out a new military doctrine by December. His comments came a week after Russia said September 2 it would review the doctrine in response to NATO announcing its intentions to expand in Eastern Europe amid Ukrainian crisis.
Speaking about the situation in Ukraine, Putin blamed Western countries for the bloody conflict in the southeastern regions of the country.
Recently, as you know, NATO has decided to build up its forces in Eastern Europe. The crisis in Ukraine, which was, in fact, provoked and created by some of our Western partners, is now used for the resuscitation of this military bloc. All the actions Russia is taking are retaliatory measures of self-defense. We have been repeatedly saying, warning that we will have to, exactly have to, take appropriate retaliatory measures to ensure our security. We have said many times that it would be very desirable to avoid excessive hysterics when these decisions will be finally accepted and will be implemented. I want to emphasize that everything we do, is only retaliatory measures, – Putin said.
Russia warned that NATO’s progress towards the east and Ukraine, which the military bloc sees as a potential member, will trigger a strong reaction.
In July, Putin said that NATO’s military build-up near Russia’s borders, which includes the US-built missile defense system, is not just for defensive purposes, but is an «offensive weapon» and an «element of the US offensive system deployed outside the mainland.»
I wonder, what the US would do if Russia start deploy its military bases in Mexico, near the border with the United States? I don’t think they would like it.