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USA: Defense Secretary says US military must respond to Russian "provocations"02:58

USA: Defense Secretary says US military must respond to Russian "provocations"

United States, Simi Valley, California
November 8, 2015 at 05:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Saturday said that Russia and China pose the greatest danger to the current global order, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

"In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states. Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose," he told his audience.

"We're taking a strong and balanced approach to deter Russia's aggression and help reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners. We're adapting our operational posture and contingency plans, as we, on our own and with allies, work to deter Russia's aggression and help to reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners," he added.

USA: Defense Secretary says US military must respond to Russian "provocations"02:58
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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Saturday said that Russia and China pose the greatest danger to the current global order, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

"In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states. Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose," he told his audience.

"We're taking a strong and balanced approach to deter Russia's aggression and help reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners. We're adapting our operational posture and contingency plans, as we, on our own and with allies, work to deter Russia's aggression and help to reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners," he added.