Pentagon says threat to NATO from Russia

Russia poses a threat to all members of the North Atlantic Alliance, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday, February 16. The transcript of the briefing is published on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense.

“Russia poses a clear threat to all NATO allies, including the United States. Russia undermines transparency and predictability. They use military force to achieve their goals. They support proxy groups and sow chaos and doubt and undermine international order,” the Pentagon said.

According to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. authorities intend to promote their own interests while holding Russia “accountable for their reckless and aggressive actions.”

“I think we see Russia’s desire to undermine security and stability around the world with its authoritarian approach. We also see it in its cooperation with China, <...> a partnership of convenience, as General [Todd] Walters, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, called it,” the Pentagon spokesman stressed.

It is noted that the U.S. side intends to raise the threat from Russia at a video conference of NATO defense ministers scheduled for February 17-18.

Earlier on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the alliance was ready for both confrontation and cooperation with Russia. According to him, the dialogue with Russian authorities must be based on force, on firmness, but it is also necessary to establish cooperation with Russia.

The day before, Stoltenberg said that at the NATO Ministerial meeting he was going to discuss the issue of increasing financing of the alliance’s military activity near Russia’s borders.