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    Russia is against any arms race, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday during the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security.

    "The US and NATO simultaneously started to build up military infrastructure close to the Russian borders, are implementing dangerous anti-missile plans, and stepping up military spending. Such actions force us to take reasonable responsive military-technical measures. But I would like to underscore: we are against any arms race."

    The two-day event organized by the Russian Defense Ministry brings together over 500 participants, including military officials and experts.

    "A subtle line of several states to force their will can be seen on international community using their military advantage," Shoigu said.

    Support of global air defense system projects undermines global security, Shoigu said.

    "It is obvious that the level of using force is diminishing. Dangerous projects of global anti-missile security… are still implemented… This undermines fragile architecture of international and regional security."

    Moscow's revised security strategy rules out a new arms race and views the use of military force as the last resort to protect the country, Secretary of Russia's Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said earlier.

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