Moscow will not engage in an exhausting arms race, and the country's military spending will gradually decrease as Russian Federation does not seek a role as the "world gendarme", President Vladimir Putin said. "Speaking the diplomatic language, it is obviously offensive, and, if we switch to the military language, it is certainly aggressive", he said, according to the state-owned TASS news agency.
"We must take this into account in our practical work", he said. In his speech, the president referred to both countries as "rival powers".
"I believe we have reached such a level, we have the resources to set a strategic national objective, namely, to dramatically improve the affordability of housing for our citizens, above all, for young families with children", Putin said at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects.
Putin also accused the United States of plotting to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which bans short- and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles.
By intervening in a ceremony for the Day of the State Security Worker, which now stands at its centenary, Putin pinpointed that a great responsibility falls on the intelligence and counterintelligence organizations to cut off the aforementioned interference, he said.
Putin thanked members of the United Russia party for their support and listed the goals to be achieved together.