Russia creates problems to the world community, said the Minister of defense mark Esper. He said this during an interview on the anniversary of the tenure, was informed on 18 July, the site of the Pentagon.
“According to Esper, Russia is a slightly smaller problem than China, but it is the source of the troubles in the world: to Annex the Crimea, to war in Ukraine, threatening NATO allies to send troops to Syria and Libya,” – said in the message.
The head of the Pentagon believes that the confrontation between Russia it is necessary to increase the budget of NATO.
“We need to contain Russia. We need to strengthen NATO and, again, strengthen our partners,” said Esper.
Tensions between NATO and Russia increased in 2014, against the background of Russian aggression against Ukraine in Crimea and the Donbass. In the final Declaration of the NATO summit, which was held in December 2019 in London, Russia’s actions were called a threat to Euro-Atlantic security.
8 June 2020, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia is increasing its military unrestrained activity.