The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said That he understands what it considers a priority, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"He regrets the collapse of the Soviet Union. He wants respect for the greatness of Russia. He wants to have a voice in regard to world Affairs. And He wants to have such neighbors, from which the Danger comes not ", - quotes news Agency referring to Foreign Affairs, the words of Carter." certain elements on this, or the approach that He chose, have the opportunity to match the interests of the West. However, in other respects, we should be strong, " said Carter." I described our approach to Russia as solid And balanced. It is solid because We are developing capabilities in the military sphere, aiming specifically to deter Russian forces. For 25 years We didn't do it, But do now, " said the Minister of defense. According to his statement, " We help NATO to focus on containing Russia after over a dozen years, the Alliance has been engaged in Afghanistan."" And We help non-NATO States such as Ukraine, to counter Russian influence ", - said the Minister of defense." along with this, We are trying to work with Putin's Russia on issues where its geostrategic desires, as He is aware, coincide with ours", He said.
"Terrorism is included in the number of such issues, This could involve Iran And North Korea. And We don't stop to keep the door open, in case Putin, or whoever comes to replace him, decides to move in that direction, which, I think, is obliged to lead the Russian Federation to its future. It is a future in which people have political And economic opportunities, " said Carter. According to him, Russia's actions were " undesirable development from a strategic point of view "." for this reason, We create What I called the new rules of the game for NATO to once again take on their own shoulders deterrent role by strengthening allies " - drew the attention of Carter." So I think it should be borne in mind That We focus on economic And political measures. What about economic sanctions, the main lever is not from American citizens and Europeans, because their volume of trade with Russia is much more, " He showed." We support Ukraine's desire to build its economy. We also help train And equip the Ukrainian army, said Carter.- We provide ongoing assistance in many a direction." To the question about why Washington until not started to supply weapons to Kiev, the head of the Ministry of defence said: "in the Ukraine situation, in this case, lies in the clash between the attractiveness of European economic And political model And the resistance from Russia this development on the adjacent site, which it perceives as a threat." Remember, a speech in front of the marine corps in California, Carter said That the main problems is considered a terrorist organization "Islamic state" And the policy of Russia.