According to the American general, the hybrid war Russia uses in Crimea and eastern Ukraine must be countered, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Voice of America.
«They are using information operations, they are using their own military capabilities and they are using ethnic Russian populations in some of these countries as surrogates,” he said.
According to him, Russia’s use of conventional and unconventional forces, its use of military and non-military governmental capabilities presents Russian problems beyond simple military solutions. Votel believes that the Russians embody the idea of coercion and pressure on their neighbors to achieve their particular goals. And their goal is to create a situation in which NATO will not be able to develop.
“The Russian leader is attempting to create these frozen conflicts and situations that are difficult to resolve along their border and in doing that stalemate a lot of things,” the U.S. general said.
Earlier, another U.S. General Mark Milley suggested that the U.S. should “seriously consider” granting Ukraine lethal weapons to help it counter the Russian aggression.