March 3, 2017 / 11:06 AM / 6 months ago

Kremlin says U.S. military boost should not disrupt balance of power

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks during a news briefing on the sidelines of the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi, Russia, May 19, 2016.Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A proposed increase in U.S. defence spending is an internal matter for Washington and does not concern Russia unless it disrupts the existing strategic balance of power, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump this week proposed a $54 billion increase in defence spending and said he wanted to launch the biggest military buildup in American history to make up for what he called a depleted armed forces.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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