Comment Major General Igor Konashenkov:
We were not surprised by the loud statements of the American security officials, who saw in Russia the main threat to the national security of the United States. A similar wave rises annually at the same time. The reason is simple - a discussion in Congress of the size of the military budget for the next year.
Indeed, as soon as the Pentagon is required to convince congressmen to increase the level of funding for the military department, various lists of threats to American security immediately appear, in which the word "Russia" invariably appears in recent years. Previously, such a threat was determined by the USSR.
Official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
It is important to remember that the “Russian threat” since the middle of the last century has been the most successfully “sold” threat of the Pentagon not only to the US Congress, but also to NATO partners. And what would they do without us?