US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki and Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby have now been challenged in the Department of Defense’s claims that the US must “deal” with “modern and capable” Russian armed forces on NATO’s doorstep.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu expressed “grave concern” and “surprise” at a Wednesday speech made by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel throughout the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference. Hagel declared that US armed forces “must cope with a revisionist Russia – having its modern and capable army – on NATO’s doorstep.”
Kirby was faced with AP journalist Matt Lee over NATO expansion nearer to the Russian borders at the State Department’s daily press briefing on Thursday. Here’s their exchange: