Russia accuses U.S. military of deploying ‘threat to our country’ ahead of Pompeo talks

May 13, 2019

Washington Examiner – U.S. military assets are threatening Russia, Moscow’s top diplomat alleged just days before a high-profile visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed to President Trump’s sale of missile-defense systems to Japan as evidence.

“We view these steps as a threat to our country,” he said, per state-run media.

Japanese officials have moved to fortify their missile defenses in response to North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles, but Russia has maintained that the U.S. and regional allies are using the threat as an excuse for a military buildup on their eastern border.

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