The acting head of the Pentagon mark Esper named Russia as the instigator of aggression in the world and has accused Moscow of the fact that it does not comply with international agreements.

“As we all know, the instigator of aggression in Europe today is Russia. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, Russia still seeks to establish power over neighbouring countries and interfere in the democratic processes of other countries. Military actions in the middle East, in Venezuela and elsewhere lead to the suffering of the people,” he said at a press conference in Brussels.

Esper recalled that Russia conducts large-scale modernization of its military capabilities.

As stressed by the chief of the Pentagon, “Russia vigorously campaigned for military modernization, including space capabilities and kiberbezopasnosti, and plans to allocate $28 billion to 2020 in the framework of the modernization of its nuclear triad.

According to him, Russia does not comply with entered into by international agreement, as is the case with the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range.

“It’s obvious that the US observe the Treaty, and Russia. Now Russia until August 2 to decide – will she return to compliance with the Treaty. This is a dangerous reality that could have been avoided, but Russia chose her when she began to develop and deploy missiles SSC-8 (NATO classification of Russian missiles 9М729),” said Esper.

These missiles, according to him, are proof that “Russia is violating the Treaty for several years.”

“This poses new challenges to our allies – to harness new opportunities (Russian). Make no mistake – the US until the last minute actions of the INF Treaty will abide by it. We need to do it, since once signed it 30 years ago,” said the Esper.

February 1 this year, the US administration announced that it was suspending participation in the INF Treaty on 2 February, and six months – will be released from the Treaty if Russia will not return to its respect.

On 2 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s response to the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty will be a mirror – Moscow suspends participation in the Treaty and begins R & d to develop new types of missiles.

The Federation Council at the meeting on 26 June approved the presidential law on the suspension of Russia’s participation in the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).