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Speaking at the Association of the US Army’s annual conference on Wednesday US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called upon the military to be prepared to deal with Russia which, he argued was on NATO’s doorstep.
“The demands on the /US/ Army will grow more diverse and complicated. Threats from terrorists and insurgents will remain with us for a long time, but we must also deal with a revisionist Russia - with its modern and capable army - on NATO’s doorstep,” he claimed.
“The United States’ Department of Defense said that Russia’s army was ‘on NATO’s doorstep.’ How come, first NATO has expanded to our borders and then they say we are on their ‘doorstep?’” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“As for Russia standing on NATO’s doorstep, no one else but Washington itself has been stubbornly approaching this doorstep closer to our doors,” Shoigu said.