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    Newly-appointed NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti has surpassed his predecessor, US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, in aggravating the war hysteria against Russia, head of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Scaparrotti assumed command of the NATO forces in Europe. During the change of command ceremony, Scaparrotti named Russia as one of the Alliance's main challenges, stating that NATO must enhance its level of readiness and be prepared "to fight tonight if the deterrence fails."

    "By stating that NATO should be prepared to fight Russia 'tonight,' the new commander of the alliance has surpassed his predecessor in whipping up war hysteria," Pushkov wrote on Twitter.

    NATO has been increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe since the outbreak of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine in April 2014, in response to what it considers to be Moscow's aggressive foreign policy.

    Russia has repeatedly dismissed the Ukraine-related accusations leveled at it, warning that NATO's increased activities near its borders undermine regional and global stability.

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