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US 2015 military strategy adds chill to new Cold War against Russia - Rogov

July 02, 2015, 15:56 UTC+3 Zamyatina Tamara
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen, Martin Dempsey

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen, Martin Dempsey

© AP Photo/Cliff Owen

MOSCOW, July 2. /TASS/. The US national military strategy for 2015 the US Joint Chiefs of Staff published on Wednesday provides doctrinal support for the United States’ new Cold War against Russia, the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of US and Canada Studies, Sergey Rogov, told TASS in an interview.

"Over the past year Russia-US relations have degraded to the level of confrontation, to a condition many analysts have already dubbed another phase of the Cold War. In contrast to the first phase - a global standoff of two antagonistic social systems - the current ideological differences have been lifted, but the entire set of Cold War tools, including the arms race, economic sanctions and propagandistic attacks, is still there," Rogov said.

"Six months ago the Obama Administration adopted the United States’ new national security strategy, which contains a dozen mentions of a threat of aggression coming from Russia. The Pentagon’s 2015 national military strategy in fact builds up from the fundamental national security doctrine. Russia’s policies are interpreted as a threat to the United States’ world order. Russia is a ‘revisionist state,’ the strategy claims, and it has ‘repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors.’ the strategy states. "Russia’s military actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces." The other states on the list of ‘revisionist’ stats are China, Iran and North Korea. As follows from the strategy, the United States’ task is to contain the revisionist countries’ aggression and defeat them in case of their aggression," Rogov said.

"Although the document contains a recognition of Russia’s contribution to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the struggle against narcotic drugs and terrorism, in reality the United States in its military policy has focused on stepping up confrontation with Russia and restored the Cold War vocabulary for public use," he believes.

"At the end of last year Russia adopted its own military doctrine covering the newly-emerged military threats from NATO and the West. At the moment Russia’s Security Council is working on a new version of this document. The sharp aggravation of Russian-US relations will certainly be reflected in it," Rogov said.

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