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16.04.2015 (12:37)

Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces spoke about military dangers and threats to Russia in modern conditions

Today, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, speaking at the 4th Moscow Conference on International Security, said that the Ukrainian crisis erupted because of the reluctance of the US and its NATO allies to take into account Russia's protection of its national interests.

"The principal and independent position of the Russian Federation to resolve the situation in Ukraine was seen by the US and its allies in the NATO and European Union as a manifestation of our state "unauthorized" self-reliance in settling its national interests. In an effort to "put Russia in its place", Western countries render political and economic pressure on our country," said Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

The head of the Russian General Staff said that the US, considering themselves as the "winners" in the "Cold War", decided to reshape the world exclusively for themselves. "Striving for absolute domination, Washington stopped in their policies to take into account the interests of other countries and made for itself an optional compliance with international law," said Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

Turning to the issue of NATO enlargement, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation drew attention to the danger of moving its military infrastructure closer to Russia's borders.

"It is significant that almost all new alliance members are former members of the Warsaw Pact and post-Soviet Republics. In other words, from the 1990s, he NATO’s expansion occurs strictly to the East, toward the Russian borders," said Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

"We are constantly being under tries to convince us that the North Atlantic alliance’s development occurs exclusively for defensive purposes and is not directed against Russia. However, the well-known facts suggest otherwise. Since 1999, the number of members of the bloc increased by 12 countries, while in the period of "cold war", their number increased only by 4," stated the Chief of the Russian General Staff.

When this process of including new members in the block is not ceased. "Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina are considered the most likely candidates for entering NATO in the near future. In addition, the alliance continues to claim about the prospects of Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia and Ukraine," said the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

He reported the strength of overall NATO forces is 1.7 million men, and the total strength of all Armed Forces of allied countries is above 3.7 million.

“Parallel with increase of the number of member countries the leaders of Organization give a big importance to involvement of non-aligned countries to the organization activities,” underlined General of the Army Valery Gerasimov.

“Even if we not take political aspect of NATO leaders’ actions and considering the situation only from strategic point it is hard to miss negative influence of emerging situation on the Russian security,” said the Chief of the General Staff.

According to the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, radical change of NATO attitude towards Russia is expressed in activization of military activities near the Russian boundaries.

“Before 2013 there was relatively stable (year by year repeating) NATO activity, and from 2014 we may observe jumpstart of increasing NATO activities,” as reported by Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

Particularly he explained if compared to 2013 the number of calls in the aquatic area of the Black Sea by the ships of NATO countries located outside the Sea increased by 4 times, whereas flights of tactical and reconnaissance aircrafts increased by two times and the flights of distant radiodetection crafts by 9 times.

“The increase of NATO activities receives planned manner,” stated the Chief of the General Staff.

The Russian Chief of Staff announced that the Russian Ministry of Defense does not except military danger for Russia from the side of new Ukrainian leaders.

“As a matter of fact, there is a civil was in Ukraine, which deprive innocent people of their lives. It is difficult to predict the results. We do not know what directions the Ukrainian authorities receive from the American curators and where the aggression of Kiev will be pointed in the future. Anyway this indeterminacy does not exclude military threat for Russia,” said Valery Gerasimov.

He stated that “Radicals and Russophobes” had taken over the government of Ukraine and legalized the neo-Nazis and nationalist organizations. “The main policy of the Ukraine has become accusation of Russia of its internal problems as well as harassment of Russian-speaking population,” stated the Chief of the General Staff.

As an example of such event, he named the Georgian aggression at the Russian peacekeepers in the South Ossetia in August 2008.

Moreover, said Gen. Valery Garasimov, the new Ukrainian leaders use military force in order to suppress the people of Donbas that expressed distrust to the illegitimate government and do not agree with the Russophobian policy of the state.

“Radicals and Russophobes that came to power following the coup in February 2014 has legalized functioning of neo-fascist and nationalist organizations,” – stated the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

“Accusations against Russia of all Ukrainian domestic problems and oppression of Russian-speaking population has become the main meaning of the Ukrainian state policy” – said the head of the General Staff.

He pointed out that attempts “to put Russia in her place” more and more “clearly show that Washington and its NATO partners are eager to create crises in the regions bordering Russia”.

“The technology of those revolutions has become standard: manipulating the protest potential of the population from the outside using information space together with political, economic, humanitarian and other non-military measures” – explained the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The scenario of coup d'etat in the form of “Colour revolutions” in the post-Soviet region was successfully realized in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, - said the army general, - as a result, pro-Western and anti-Russian forces were coming to power”.

The head of the General Staff said that nowadays we can observe a continuous decay of the structure of regional and global security created in the 20th century.

“As we did before, we continue to draw attention to the problem that the existing system of international security does not provide equal security for all states because one states ignore universally accepted norms and rules,” - said General of the Army Valery Gerasimov.

“Today Russia still takes this position. This is proved by the content of the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation, in which the official views of our country on providing military security and defence are set,” – said the head of the General Staff.

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