Russia has reportedly continued stirring tensions in the European region to which US and its allies condemned. According to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Russia has been resulting to “warlike” actions that go back in time and prompt NATO and allied buildup in the region. Will there be a new cold war in the European region?
According to the defense secretary, Russia is going back in time and is compelling NATO to build up its forces.
“We do not seek to make Russia an enemy,” Business Insider quoted Carter.
“But make no mistake: We will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us,” the official added. The remarks of Carter are a reflection of the current tensions and issues with Moscow in relation to Europe and Ukraine.
There were also alleged Russian efforts to intimidate US military such as the buzzing of a naval vessel but Russian jets. The most alarming of Russia’s efforts is it threat to using nuclear weapons.
“Moscow’s nuclear saber-rattling raises troubling questions about Russia’s leaders’ commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution that nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to brandishing nuclear weapons,” explained the official.
Nonetheless, US and NATO are making a move to deter Russia’s actions; Moscow has found an ally through China. Russia and Beijing will be holding their first joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill following discussions between the United States and Korea on the deployment of an anti-missile defense system to deter North Korea.
According to Reuters, China and Russia previously urged US and South Korea to stop the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The deployment will go against U.N. resolutions against North Korea supported by China and Russia.