Responding to ongoing brinkmanship between the United States and his country,\u0026nbsp;Russian President Vladimir Putin dared reporters to publish a map of the two nations\u0026#039; global military footprints and then \u0022see the difference.\u0022The comments came over the weekend as G7 leaders assembled in Bavaria, Germany—a meeting which, prior to the recent upheaval in Ukraine, would have also included Russia. On Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama closed the summit by saying that the Russian leader was aiming to \u0022recreate the Soviet empire.\u0022G7 leaders stood united in their threat to increase sanctions against Russia if the conflict in Ukraine escalates.\u0022Does he continue to wreck his country’s economy and continue Russia’s isolation in pursuit of a wrong-headed desire to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire?\u0022 Obama asked in his closing remarks. \u0022Or does he recognize that Russia’s greatness does not depend on violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries?\u0022We Interrupt This Article with an Urgent Message!Common Dreams is a not-for-profit news service. All of our content is free to you - no subscriptions; no ads. We are funded by donations from our readers. This media model only works if enough readers pitch in. We have millions of readers every month and, it seems, too many take our survival for granted. It isn\u0026#039;t. Our critical Mid-Year fundraiser is off to a very slow start - only 206 readers have contributed a total of $7,500 so far. We must raise $42,500 more before we can end this fundraising campaign and get back to focusing on what we do best. If you support Common Dreams and you want us to survive, we need you.Please make a tax-deductible gift to our Mid-Year Fundraiser now! However, Obama\u0026#039;s accusations of Russia violating the \u0022sovereignty of other countries\u0022 are striking in light of the United States\u0026#039; own military strategy, which Putin highlighted days earlier in a Saturday interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.\u0022U.S. military spending is higher than that of all countries in the world taken together,\u0022 Putin said. \u0022The aggregate military spending of NATO countries is 10 times, note—10 times higher than that of the Russian Federation.\u0022Outside of what he described as the \u0022remnants\u0022 of Soviet-era armed forces in Tajikistan, Armenia, and zones with high terrorist threat such as the Afghanistan border and Kyrgyzstan, Putin said that \u0022Russia has virtually no bases abroad.\u0022\u0022We have dismantled our bases in various regions of the world, including Cuba, Vietnam, and so on,\u0022 he said.And despite statements about Russian aggression, this draw-down highlights a policy that \u0022in this respect is not global, offensive or aggressive.\u0022\u0022I invite you to publish the world map in your newspaper and to mark all the U.S. military bases on it,\u0022 Putin continued. \u0022You will see the difference.\u0022Amid the verbal sparring match, the U.S. military also took steps to increase pressure on the ground.On Friday, U.S. Strategic Command announced that three nuclear-capable B52 bombers were being deployed in addition to two B2 bombers to the United Kingdom for exercises to demonstrate \u0022the United States’ ability to project its flexible, long-range global strike capability\u0022 in training missions over the Baltic states and Poland.