Russia has been at odds with world powers for the longest time especially when it intervened in Syria and displayed its military might. Now, NATO and the US affirms Russia as a world threat while Moscow fights back saying that attacks on the country has more to do with the West’s budget discussions.
The commander of U.S. forces in Europe said that Russia along instability of Europe’s southern flank remains considerable threats to the United States and rest of the European region. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove explained how complicated the situation in Europe has become. Breedlove also serves as the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and commander of U.S. European Command.
Breedlove spoke before the House Armed Services Committee and discussed the security issues that face Europe. He also said that “resurgent, aggressive” Russia is part of the issue along with the refugee crisis and terrorist threat. “Eucom is standing firm to meet this array of challenges,” the US Department of Defense quoted Breedlove as he faced the panel.
“The U.S. and NATO must take a 360-degree approach to security — addressing the full-spectrum of security challenges from any direction and [ensuring] we are using all elements of our nation’s power,” the officer said in his written testimony. Furthermore, he told lawmakers that Russia has “chosen to be an adversary and poses a long-term existential threat.” “To counter Russia, Eucom, working with allies and partners, is deterring Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary,” he added.
NATO and the US are strong powerful allies. Both viewed Russia as their enemy. The rift among these three world powers dates back as far as the Cold War era. Morning News USA has consistently observing the developing war that political analysts fear could be the WW3. In the immediate instance that these three players engage in confrontation, they drag along with them their equally powerful allies. Russia has China in its side of the arena.
In another report from Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was quoted as saying that Russia appears to be adamant “to erode the principled international order that has served us, our friends and allies, the international community, and also Russia itself so well for so long.” Nonetheless the official clarified that the United States is not looking to start a war with Russia or make Moscow its enemy. He did warn though the West is prepared to fight for its interests. “But make no mistake — we will defend our interests, our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords us all,” Carter said.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman countered the statements saying that saying Russia is a threat is more linked to the budget discussions than the country actually becoming one. Russia’s Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that Russia has been top seller for Pentagon. “One needs to remember that the ‘Russian threat’ has been the best-selling threat delivered by the Pentagon not only to Congress, but also to NATO partners since the middle of the previous century,” RT quoted Konashenkov.