Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability


Carter's complaints, like so many others in recent months, centered around supposition and allegations, claiming that Russia's support for the Syrian government means they are "prolonging" the war, and similarly making the conflict "more risky".

"We don't seek an enemy in Russia", Carter said, according to various media. This assurance likely rings preposterously false in Moscow, as the USA continues to add troops in Eastern Europe.

He cites progress the countries made together in the aftermath of the Cold War, but says Russian Federation now "appears driven by misguided ambition and misplaced fear".

"That is true before the Brexit vote and it is true today after the Brexit vote", Carter said. When the war against the Islamic State is over, "collectively we will remember who failed to show up for the fight".

Carters comments came as the US and Russian Federation pursue a negotiated ceasefire in Syria, which Obama and Putin discussed on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in China on Monday.

Carter said the USA and United Kingdom would like to work more closely with Russia, and while "the door remains open", the taking a "strong and balanced deter Russian aggression against our allies".

Carter said the USA was also working with the SDF, which is made up of forces including the PKK/PYD.

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Citing Russia's "unprofessional behaviour" in the air, space and cyberspace, Carter said: "Russia appears driven by misguided ambitions and misplaced fears". It lashes out, alleging that it fears for its own viability and future, even though no nation - not the United States, not the United Kingdom - seeks to defeat it or constrain its potential.

"And it certainly does not change how we will partner together to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities and defend the principle of order in a rapidly-changing world and amidst new threats to the trans-Atlantic community", he added.

Carter highlighted two primary challenges during his speech: a more aggressive Russian Federation that seeks to "erode the worldwide order" and the threat of terrorism as the Islamic State group metastasizes.

Some NATO members, particularly the Baltic states that border Russian Federation, have voiced concern about Moscow's aggressive moves in the Ukraine as a sign of Russia's larger territorial ambitions.

"Let me be clear. And we will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic processes".

Asked whether he had been referring specifically to the US presidential election, he said: "It's not a concern in the United States only; it's a common concern" throughout Europe.

The secretary and minister discussed Turkey's recent successes against ISIL in Northern Syria, said Cook, adding that Carter assured Işık of the United States' continued support for Turkey's efforts to clear ISIL from its borders.