MOSCOW, August 14. /Basereporter.com/. Russia should consider increasing spending on weapons in the new law on the budget of the Pentagon on the 2019 financial year, this is the upgrade of military systems of the United States. This opinion on Tuesday in an interview with Basereporter.com expressed the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs, former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
“Of course, we all have to consider because of the huge amount of money, they are unprecedented, 716 billion [dollars], will stand military programs, the increase in staff and, apparently, the upgrade of a number of weapons used by the Americans,” he said.
The Senator does not believe that the law should create “a sense of the changing threat.” “No, we knew all that, understood it, and our defense budget, the war effort is built on the basis of self-defense for the Russian Federation. And we are quite reliably, quietly, in the framework of the program will provide security for Russia under all circumstances,” – said Kislyak.
Kislyak also said that some provisions of the law does not assist the regime of arms control and the United States to take a course of unilateral pressure.
“Several provisions in this law, of course, do not contribute to the strengthening of these regimes,” he said. Senator, in particular, noted that the United States has long resisted “the idea of” the application of the Treaty on open skies over their territory.
According to him, it is “quite skeptical, if not cynical” the US attitude toward arms control as a mechanism to strengthen security. “The Americans seem to take a course on unilateral military pressure,” he concluded.
On 13 August the President of the United States Donald trump signed a defense budget of $716 billion in the 2019 financial year (starts in the US from 1 October). The signing ceremony was held at the military base of Fort Drum in upstate new York, which housed the 10th mountain division of the United States. The document instructs the Ministry to study the possibility of placing additional missile defense elements in Europe to respond to the alleged violations of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles from Russia.