7/20, 7:14 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US uses tanker incident to expand military presence - Russian lawmaker

The United States is using the incidents involving tankers sailing in the Gulf region as a pretext to expand military presence in the Middle East, claimed Konstantin Kosachev, Foreign Affairs Committee chairman in Russia's upper house of parliament.

The prompt decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia and organize international maritime surveillance in the critical waters of the Middle East "confirm the assumption that the US was simply waiting for a pretext to expand its military presence in the region, and it finally arrived," Kosachev wrote on his Facebook profile on Saturday.

Shortly after the incidents involving British-operated tankers sailing through the Strait of Hormuz o Friday, the US Central Command announced the deployment of US troops to Saudi Arabia as an effort to "strengthen regional security and stability."

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