Russia poses “existential threat” to U.S. – Pentagon

09:00, 25.02.21 – UNIAN

All European allies are also facing the threat, General Wolters says.

The Russian Federation remains a threat to the United States despite economic sanctions imposed.

That’s according to U.S. European Command Commander Air Force General Tod Wolters.

“Russia engages in destabilizing and malign activities across the globe, with many of those activities happening close to home [in Europe],” the commander noted.

“Russia remains an enduring existential threat to the United States and our European allies,” he said, adding that this is despite “widespread international condemnation and continued economic sanctions.”

Wolters says Moscow “seeks to maintain a sphere of influence from the Soviet era.”

To this end, he notes, Russia is employing unconventional tools such as private military companies “to intimidate, weaken and divide” U.S. allies and partners.

U.S. adversaries amplify these malign activities and foment instability with disinformation and destructive cyber campaigns, testing national governments and multinational institutions, the EUCOM commander said.

If left unchecked, such activities could escalate into more aggressive behavior, Wolters believes.

“We’re in an era of global-power competition. Winning in this era is ensuring that global power competition does not become a global power war,” he emphasized.

6 comments

  • “…Russia is employing unconventional tools such as private military companies…”
    In other words, Putin is operating illegally by using groups like Wagner and the Moskali response is usually that the government didn’t know anything about it. Well, it is not the government, it is Putin. You can sanction the country, the people, the government and the oligarchs and it won’t change a thing. You have to go after the big zit.

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    • Putin denies that he employs mercenaries, so if the US take them out like they did in Syria, he can’t say much.

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      • Similarly, the cunt says he’s not in Donbas. So what can’t the US launch wave after wave of precision air strikes using B2’s to degrade the enemy, neutralise their artillery, SAM’s and SSM’s, pave the way for a complete enemy withdrawal and the Ukrainian armed forces back in full control?

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      • This ” implausible ” deniability sealed the Wagner’s fate in Syria.
        The U.S. military contacted Russian command and were told that it was reconnaissance actions of Syrian militia that had not been cleared with the Russian operations command; the statement stressed that there were no Russian service members in the ″designated district of the Deir ez-Zor province of Syria”

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      • As I understand it they are illegal. To add to your point. IMO if they don’t wear insignias they are Terrorists and should be vaporized.

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