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Russia Slams New U.S. Military Strategy As 'Confrontational'


Russian Kurganets-25 armored personnel carriers during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015.

Russian Kurganets-25 armored personnel carriers during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015.

Russia has slammed a new U.S. military strategy as "confrontational," saying it would not help improve relations with Moscow, strained by the crisis in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on July 2 the strategy indicated a "confrontational attitude, devoid of any objectivity towards our country."

The document released by Washington on July 1 said Russia "had repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and it is willing to use force to achieve its goals."

It said Russia's military actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces.

"The probability of U.S. involvement in interstate war with a major power is assessed to be low but growing," said the 2015 National Military Strategy report.

The Pentagon points to Russia's troop presence in the Ukraine conflict, though Moscow denies it has deployed its military in eastern Ukraine to bolster a separatist insurgency.

Relations between Moscow and the West are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

Washington and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia after it seized Crimea from Ukraine last year.

"Today's global security environment is the most unpredictable I have seen in 40 years of service," said General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in presenting the report.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and dpa
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