The head of Russia’s chief military intelligence directorate, Colonel-General Igor Sergun, says the United States is preparing to deploy its troops on a permanent or temporary basis to more than 100 countries around the world. Sergun says the US hopes to create in these countries the facilities necessary for “prepositioning weapons and military equipment necessary for armed operations in forward zones.”
Lieutenant-General Andrei Kartapolov, meanwhile, said the United States is the “instigator of every armed conflict” in the modern world, saying the US and its allies have resorted to military force more than 50 times in the past 10 years.
Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, the commander of Russia’s Western Military District, accused the US of waging a hybrid war against Russia, saying the United States is taking steps to destabilize the situation in Russia and convince Europe that Russia is an “aggressor.”
Sergun, Kartapolov, and Sidorov delivered these statements at a conference in Moscow dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II.
“The White House’s ongoing policy of systematically containing Russia is based on the Americans’ strategic need to maintain their geopolitical and economic hegemony at any cost, preventing the emergence of new centers of power,” Kartapolov said.
In late March 2015, Russia’s Security Council warned that the US might try to bring about a “color revolution” in Russia. Officials in Moscow concluded that America’s revised national security strategy has an “active anti-Russian element” and “creates a negative image internationally of Russia.”
The White House presented its latest national security strategy in early February 2015. The document says the US will “continue to impose significant costs on Russia through sanctions and other means while countering Moscow’s deceptive propaganda with the unvarnished truth.” Along with the rise of ISIS and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the report describes “Russian aggression” against Ukraine as one of the world’s greatest new threats.