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Russia's Defense Minister Fires Back At U.S. Counterpart

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has accused the United States and its Western partners of "destroying the foundations of the existing world order from the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina to the wars in Libya and Iraq."

Shoigu spoke on September 12 after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Moscow of having a "clear ambition to erode the principled international order."

Carter said last week that Russia had engaged in "unprofessional behavior" in Ukraine, Syria, and cyberspace.

But Shoigu said in a statement that "the international order mustn't be mistaken with the American order."

He also said that "maintaining the international order is the prerogative of the entire international community -- not only the Pentagon."

"The sooner our U.S. colleagues realize that and begin to change, the sooner our accumulated disagreements could be settled, and not only on Syria," Shoigu added.

Based on reporting by AP and TASS