Russia is a "serious challenge" For the U.S. and its allies in the European Union, said the head of the U.S. Department of defense Ashton Carter, speaking at the army's military conference in the U.S. capital.
He expressed the opinion that " Russia will use political, economic and military tools To undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighbouring countries ", reports news Agency. Review head of the Pentagon, Moscow "ignores international legal norms and destabilize the security order in the European Union" by its actions in Crimea and Ukraine. In response, According to Carter, the United States and its NATO allies have developed " a powerful and balanced strategic approach ", which not so long ago, were discussed during its next trip to the European Union." We will do all the necessary steps to curb hostile and destabilizing influence of Russia ", - said the head of the American Ministry." It is strategic For us a new reality, and apparently, it will be maintained, " He added. In the form of rules of "ending the isolation" of Russia and recognition of its "responsible power" Carter said " an end to aggression in Eastern Ukraine ", and " fulfillment of obligations under the Minsk agreements ".
in recent weeks, the American head of the Ministry periodically speaks with a fairly bellicose statements against Russia. Backdrop For them is sharp criticism of the Pentagon from the expert fraternity and the press the US for obvious errors and omissions - for example, the program of training and equipping so-called "moderate" Syrian opposition. For the us military unfavorable comparisons with quick and decisive actions of Russia not only offensive, but also politically dangerous, as it is currently determined the fate of the U.S. military budget for the next fiscal year. Carter did not mention the failures on the Syrian track, on the contrary proudly stated about how the U.S. military Experts taught and continue to teach the soldiers in Iraq and Ukraine. Remember, 30 September, the aircraft of the Russian Air and space forces of Russia at the request of the President of the Syrian Republic Assad began conducting air operations with the application of point strikes on is positions. On 5 and 6 October missile ships of the Caspian fleet fired 26 rockets with wings sea accommodation in eleven goals in the Syrian Arab Republic, all targets successfully struck.