Russia's actions in the situation around Ukraine, which in the U.S. capital is interpreted as " aggression ", became for US a surprise, said the Secretary of defense Ashton Carter.
"We didn't want these new challenges, because in the last fifteen years We were busy - we had Iraq and Afghanistan, we had a lot of things in the world. But then suddenly We have accepted this behavior from Russia, " said Carter, speaking before the U.S. military personnel.
the Minister of defence of the USA, which these days is with a trip to Estonia, spoke before the soldiers participating in the NATO exercise "BALTOPS" in the Baltic sea. NATO called teachings a response to "Russian aggression" in Ukraine.
This was the main theme in the process numerous speeches of the Minister of defense in the last days. So, at a press conference in Tallinn, he said that North America is ready to place in seven European countries, 250 armored vehicles. Create the size of company or battalion will be deployed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Germany.
The U.S. and the European Union has repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's Affairs. Russia rejects calls such accusations are unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis in a peaceful way. At the same time Moscow many times urged the West to influence Kiev for a peaceful settlement in the Donbass, where the Ukrainian military carried out a military operation against residents of the region.