The following is an excerpt from rt.com | July 29, 2016 |
A senior Russian diplomat has dismissed US criticism over deploying weapons and forces to Crimea, saying the Russian Federation is absolutely free to protect its national security by moving forces anywhere on its territory.
“In reality, Russia has the right to base the movement of military forces and weapons on its territory on its own independent decisions,” the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Security and Disarmament Mikhail Ulyanov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti on Friday.
Ulyanov added that Russia had always chosen more correct formulas when it made public statements about the structure and placement of US military forces.
“We do not attempt to tell Washington which armed forces and in which numbers they can send to any of their states. The fact that they allow themselves to release such recommendation regarding us can be perceived as not quite politically correct, to say the least,” he noted.
Ulyanov also said that Russia had to take into consideration the fact that NATO members from outside the Black Sea region were sending their Navy ships to the Black Sea. This situation does not add up to mutual security and has to be included in the Russian military planning, he noted.
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