Putin: New US Security Strategy Is Offensive, Aggressive

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Washington's new national security strategy is "aggressive," Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Moscow will take the US stance into consideration.

Both the US and NATO have been "accelerating build-up of infrastructure in Europe," the Russian leader said Friday, RT reported.

Referring to the "defense strategy recently put out" by Washington, Putin said it was "definitely offensive... speaking in diplomatic language."

Speaking at a Russian Defense Ministry meeting, Putin said that "and if we switch to military language, then its character is definitely aggressive."

With NATO's build-up in Europe, the US has violated the 1987 treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, Putin pointed out.

Formally, America's missile-defense launchers now based in Poland are meant to counter threats, he said. "The point is, and specialists know about it very well, those launchers are all-purpose. They can also be used with existing sea-launched cruise missiles with the flight range of up to 2,500 km. And in this case, these missiles are no longer sea-launched missiles, they can be easily moved to land," Putin added.

Russia's Defense Ministry "should take into account" western military strategies, Putin said, adding that "Russia has a sovereign right and all possibilities to adequately and in due time react to such potential threats."

There are efforts to disrupt strategic parity through deployment of global anti-missile defense system and other strike systems "equitable to nuclear weapons," the Russian leader told military officials.

At the moment, Russia's strategic nuclear forces are a reliable deterrent to such a military build-up, he added. However, it is necessary to develop them further, Putin said.

***Russia's Campaign in Syria

Speaking about Moscow's campaign in Syria, Putin said the Russian military made a major contribution to the defeat of terrorists in the country, Sputnik reported.

"In the fight with the global threat of international terrorism, Russian servicemen acted courageously, professionally and efficiently. They showed increased modern capabilities of Russian armed forces," he said.

Putin praised the success of the Russian campaign in Syria, noting that Russian servicemen have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, preserved country's statehood and paved the way for political resolution.

He also noted that the situation in Syria and around the world as a whole confirms "the correctness and timeliness of strengthening the Russian army and navy."

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