MOSCOW, August 1. /TASS/. Moscow respects its neighboring countries’ relations with the United States but is concerned over the expansion of military infrastructure towards the Russian borders, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
While commenting on the US Vice President Michael Pence’s visit to the Baltic States and Georgia, Peskov said that the countries in question are independent states having the right to develop relations with other countries as they wished. "There is no issue [for Russia] in that, and there can never be," he added.
"Such cooperation only becomes a problem for us when it leads to the expansion of various alliances and their military infrastructure towards our borders," the Russian presidential spokesman went on to say. "This is what causes us concern. We certainly respect our neighboring countries’ relations with the United States, as well as with other countries," Peskov said.
When asked to comment on Pence’s statement in which he said that Moscow’s decision to reduce the US diplomatic staff would not deter Washington’s commitment to its security and the security of its allies, Peskov stressed that "this decision [to reduce the staff at the US diplomatic missions in Russia - TASS] has nothing to do with security." "This is why I would refrain from commenting the US vice president’s statement, I don’t see the connection," the Kremlin spokesman noted.