However any unfriendly steps will receive an adequate
response, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson warns
MOSCOW - Russia has no intention to enter the arms race
with the United States, but any unfriendly steps will receive an
adequate response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria
Zakharova said on Thursday.
"We have already commented on the Pentagon’s plans to increase
military expenditure four-fold in 2017, with the main focus on the
European war theater. All this takes place under the pretext of
containing Russia," the diplomat said. "The fact that all this is
done in a very aggressive manner, under the pretense of some
potentially possible Russian aggression causes perplexity and
disgust. All this, as we see from these statements, creates
grounds for extensive military planning against Russia and taking
practical steps to bring its military infrastructure closer to
"No one is going to get involved in any new arms race. No one will
try to catch up with or overtake others," Zakharova said. "Of
course, we would like to remind our colleagues in Washington and
Brussels that any unfriendly steps and attempts to exert pressure
on Russia will receive an adequate response — both political and
diplomatic and in the sphere of defense."
"No one should have any doubt that Russia will do everything
necessary for its security. But we are for peace," she added.