The increase in the defence budget of the United States is a challenge to Russia, said in the Federation Council


RIA Novosti

The possible increase in the US budget defense spending is an attempt by Washington to leave Russia challenge and continue to uphold the ambitions of the dominant world power; however, Russia will not be involved in the arms race and will provide their defense, “not quantitatively, but qualitatively,” said RIA Novosti Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov.

The administration of U.S. President Donald trump will be offered in the project budget to increase defense spending by 54 billion dollars, and reduce other budget expenditures by the same amount, told reporters on Monday the representative of the office of management and budget the White house.

“Of course, this possible solution is a challenge to Russia, the US attempt to once again achieve military superiority and the desire to prove its role as the dominant power in the world. Obviously they are not going to stop,” — said Ozerov.

However, he stressed, Russia does not intend to be drawn into an arms race and increase in response to its military budget.

“As we have repeatedly said, we will not be drawn into an arms race. The issue of adjusting the military budget to the Russian Federation is not necessary, the current corresponds to the jobs in the state defense order, as well as monetary and other types of security,” he said, noting that the state defense order in the part of arms and military equipment funded in full.

Ozerov said that Russia’s response will “not quantitative, but qualitative”, our country will increase the number of arms and armed forces, and to improve them, according to the task to bring by 2020 the number of modern weapons in the army to 70 %.

“Our defenses are still reliably ensures national security of Russia and its sovereignty,” — said the head of the Committee.

Ozerov also drew attention to the fact that in 2016 the US military budget was approved in the amount of more than 607 billion.

“Thus, the current increase is less than 10%, which is unlikely to be decisive,” said the Senator.