© Press service of the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation/TASS
MOSCOW, may 6. /TASS/. Statements by U.S. General Raymond Thomas about the fact that Russia is a major threat to America based on stereotypes of the cold war. This was reported by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of defense (MO RF), major-General Igor Konashenkov.
“The narrow-mindedness of a separate Pentagon generals on the stereotypes of the cold war, and a lack of understanding of real security threats, should not surprise. We are often asked what the officers of the Russian special operations Forces differ from their American colleagues. We always stress that the major qualities of Russian officers are intelligence and determination”, – stated in the message.
In the opinion of the representative of the defense Ministry, from the speech of General Thomas it is easy to understand that the Pentagon “demands on the military special operations forces, other”. “That’s probably why they are trying to compensate for their hawkish anti-Russian rhetoric in the best traditions of the cold war”, – said Igor Konashenkov.
Earlier, the head of special operations Command U.S. army General Raymond Thomas stated that the Pentagon sees Russia as a strategic rival and one of the five major threats to America. According to Thomas, “strategic rivalry” between Washington and Moscow “are most pronounced in the post-Soviet space, where Russia”, he argued, “has demonstrated a willingness to limit aggressive (activity) American and Western institutions.” The General believes that the Russian side “is particularly skillful in using non-traditional approaches to promote their interests.” According to him, “special forces is often a completely natural option unconventional response”.