Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability

by Abel Hampton September 9, 2016, 2:35

"It's a very rare occasion to gather this many defense ministers in one room, and there are two important reasons why so many of us are here", Carter said in prepared remarks before the audience at a ministerial dinner last night.

The campaign in Libya, along with intensified operations in Iraq and Syria, is a step in delivering a "lasting defeat" to the group, Carter said during a speech at Oxford University in Britain.

But he warned: "We will counter attempts to undermine our collective security. That's why we also need to look at and be honest about where our operations and peacekeepers have fallen short, and to take steps to improve the diversity, leadership, accountability and performance of our peace operations", Carter said. "And we will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic processes".

Carter's speech was made in response to Russia's alleged involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in July.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has blamed Russia and expressed concern about possible Russian interference in the election.

US officials have said Russian Federation was complicit in the hack that led to Wikileaks publishing 20,000 internal DNC emails on the eve of that party's national convention in Philadelphia. He suggested that the USA should focus on the content of the hack rather than who carried it out.

Citing Russia's "unprofessional behaviour" in the air, space and cyberspace, Carter said: "Russia appears driven by misguided ambitions and misplaced fears".

"Unfortunately, it's tendency is to pursue that goal by undercutting the work and contributions of others rather than creating or making any positive contributions on its own".

But the secretary said that they are key in the battle against ISIS and that the United States intends to "keep our commitments" to both of them. "Just the opposite; we all have expressed an interest in being able to work more closely with Russian Federation". Both Russia and the US are now attempting to negotiate a ceasefire in the country.

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".

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