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    NATO Commander: Russia Threat to US, Its Allies and Partners

    FILE - NATO commander U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove is seen testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015.
    FILE - NATO commander U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove is seen testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015.

    NATO's military commander has told the U.S. lawmakers that Russia poses a long-term threat to the United States and to its European allies and partners.

    In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said that Russia is eager to exert unquestioned influence over neighboring countries.

    “Russia has used military force to violate the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Georgia and others like Moldova.  In Ukraine specifically, Russia continues to use all elements of national power to hinder Kyiv,” he said.

    Breedlove said Tuesday that NATO has recently observed an increase in violence along the line of contact in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region and a number of diplomatic, economic and propaganda efforts on Moscow’s part to keep Ukraine from moving closer to the West.

    Moscow seeking ‘leading role’

    Breedlove told senators Russia has also undertaken a massive military deployment in Russia's Kaliningrad province, the Black Sea and, most recently, in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and western Syria, sharply constraining the alliance’s access to those areas.

    FILE - New Russian Armata tanks roll during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015.
    FILE - New Russian Armata tanks roll during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015.


    “Russia seeks to re-establish a leading role on the world stage. Russia does not just want to challenge the agreed rules of the international order, it wants to re-write them. Russia sees the U.S. and NATO as threats to its objectives and as constraints on its aspirations. So, Russia seeks to fraction our unity and challenge our resolve. Russia recognizes strength and sees weakness as opportunity,” he said.

    To that end Russia is using what some call unconventional or hybrid warfare, Breedlove said. Russia is using diplomatic, economic and informational tools in addition to military pressure to shake and influence nations, while trying to remain below triggering a military response, he said. Russia is using snap exercises to mask and desensitize real military deployment, he added.

    Russia’s entry into the fight in Syria has changed the dynamic in the air and on the ground, despite public statements to the contrary, Breedlove said. He added that Russia has done little to counter the Islamic State militant group, but has greatly bolstered the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and his allies.

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    by: mohib khan from: mardan
    March 02, 2016 11:43 AM
    yes Russia have change the situation of the ground and for the good of people of the region and all around. ISIS is falling and syrians are winning that was required. Isn't it what the world wanted ie to defeat a terrorist group Isis so why the hue and cry

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    March 02, 2016 11:43 AM
    So what? Are you saying NATO should kick-start the third world war? I though we're in the middle of the third world war already with terrorism - ISIS, al qaida, boko haram etc. – even though the fringes of the second world war - the cold war - are still with us. It seems some people aren’t at rest until they see Russia destroyed, which is a good idea to USA and its allies. But who’ll bail the cat? Who’ll cast the first stone? Who’ll draw the first blood?

    Beating war-drum does nobody any good. Anyone in love with war has ample/more than enough war theater in the Middle East (Syria/Iraq/Yemen/Afghanistan) prove their mettle with al qaida/ISIS fraying for war; Africa – in Nigeria/Mali/Somalia/Egypt/Libya/Sudan where the theater of war’s smoking hot.

    War mongers should understand that Russia remains a super-military power and has enough nuclear stock to serve the world many times over. The third world war has been mooted to be survived by cockroaches only which so far are the only creatures known to have resistance/immunity to nuclear fumes. Either Philip Breedlove dreams of a planet of cockroaches, or he’s developed cockroach-like resistance to save his family when the race starts

    by: Donald Fraser Miles from: Elliot Lake, Canada
    March 02, 2016 9:02 AM
    The real correct analysis of geostrategic relations now is that Russia is a prospective ally of the United States. Germany and Europe are the potential enemies in combat of the US according to what I deduce to be current strategy. Current strategy may not be consciously aware of this. However, it is the logically deducible analysis to make. The US is more likely to be in armed combat against European nations in the next 10 years than against Russia. Russia under a WW2 dynamic re-occurring is a probable ally to the US. Britain would likely fall in line with the US in such a Euro-American war.

    by: Torgom from: Armenia
    March 02, 2016 5:20 AM
    USA and Europe have proved for the last few months that their politics are much dirtier and more dangerous than anyone else,

    by: Sensi
    March 02, 2016 2:54 AM
    Another non-elected clown agitating a bogeyman and lying for money, he will probably retires as some consultant for "defense" contractors...

    "Breedlove was in Washington partly to lobby for support for a proposed sharp increase in money available to U.S. forces in Europe to counter the Russian threat." (rferl)

    Daesh/IS fighters reportedly killed by airstrikes in Syria:
    Russia: 965+ in 4 months (wikipedia, Russian_military_intervention_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War)
    US-led coalition: 3276+ in 16 months (wikipedia, American-led_intervention_in_Syria)

    by: mr nobody from: usa
    March 02, 2016 2:45 AM
    "Russia is using diplomatic, economic and informational tools in addition to military pressure to shake and influence nations, while trying to remain below triggering a military response"

    There was never a military option. This American leader was born without one. Even in the face of imminent threats, American military strength diminishes.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 02, 2016 8:52 AM
    Hey mr nobody _ Putin told the world, "It'd be suicide for Russia to attack a NATO country" .. Because the super powers can't fight a conventional war against each other anymore, so the other option is a nuclear option that would destroy every country on earth? .. Ignore the US and NATO hype and propaganda? .. Russia won't attack a NATO country?

    by: Anonymous
    March 02, 2016 1:41 AM
    NATO's military commander sounds more like a Turkish puppet.

    Russia is a threat to Saudi/Turkey extremism, Russia is actually good for the Europe and the US.

    by: VARIVANN PIN from: Cambodia
    March 01, 2016 8:06 PM
    The United States of America should/must copy the style President Reagan did during the cold war with soviet union if it wants to defeat Putin right now. Thank you.

    by: VARIVANN PIN from: Cambodia
    March 01, 2016 7:58 PM
    As far as I am concerned, it is the right time with the right decision the United States and its allies should/must take concrete action rather than just wordy saying again and again with no strategic and tactical management as knowing that Russia is performing so belligerent and aggressive attitude and behaviour. The U.S. must right now take tangible measures like during President Reagan and Bush father had done - by taking most powerful arsenal along with nuke installed in the space star and then Putin will cry if done in think. Thank you.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 01, 2016 10:10 PM
    Hey VARIVANN _ It would be impossible for any one of the 3 super powers to attack another one in a conventional war, because it would be impossible to assemble an army large enough with the heavy weapons needed and transport them to wherever they planned to attack the other country, plus they'd need to divert almost all their air and sea power to attack the other country too? _ That's why the 3 super powers will never fight a conventional war between them? .. It's impossible? .. That's why all the super power wars now, will be proxy wars with others doing the fighting for them? .. [And now] all the super powers have an arsenal of nuclear weapons, that guarantee they won't be attacked by another super power? .. Think about it?

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