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The US is not ready for a mediated and hybrid war with Russia and intends to adjust development plans for the defense and other departments in this regard, said Pentagon chief Mark Esper.

Indirect war or war of representation is a conflict, the direct participants of which are the larger players. Examples of such a war are the Korean and the initial phase of the Vietnam War.

Speaking at a US Air Force conference on Wednesday, the minister expressed the view that Russia in recent years has effectively demonstrated conducting indirect, hybrid combat and military operations in the gray zone. As an example, he cited the events in the Crimea and Ukraine, without specifying what he means.

Kiev and a number of Western states believe that Russia is interfering in the affairs of Ukraine and is a party to the conflict in the Donbass. Russia denies this and calls such allegations inadmissible. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the intra-Ukrainian conflict and is not involved in the events in the southeast, does not support militias and does not send troops to Donbass, and is interested in Ukraine overcoming the political and economic crisis.

This suggests that they (Russia) know that they do not want and cannot resist us in a conventional war, so they are looking for other ways to challenge us, to conduct strategic rivalries at a level lower than direct armed conflict, he said.

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