12:19 GMT21 January 2021
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    Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament, says comments made by the commander of the US army in Europe, Lieutenant General Frederick "Ben" Hodges, in a recent interview, is an admission that NATO would never have an equal relationship with Russia.

    "The commander of ground forces in Europe, General Frederick Ben Hodges, was very honest in his interview with the Telegraph," Kosachev wrote on his blog, citing part of the article in which General Hodges said:

    "We're not interested in a fair fight with anyone. We want to have overmatch in all systems. I don't think that we've fallen behind but Russia has closed the gap in certain capabilities. We don't want them to close that gap."

    Superiority Over Russia

    Kosachev says that western military leaders have admitted that NATO will work to achieve superiority over Russia and that the expansion of NATO to the Russian borders is dictated by the desire to dominate in all fields.

    This, according to the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is the first time a commander of ground forces in Europe has reiterated what the Russia Federation has been saying for a long time.

    "The goal of the plans is to get NATO military superiority over Russia (not the defense of values, nor even containment and preservation of defense capabilities needed)," said Kosachev.

    "NATO would never allow equality."


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