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State Department must simultaneously fight and cooperate with Russia – opinion

The US State Department has to treat Russia with 'strong and balanced approach’ aimed both at deterring Russian “aggression” against NATO countries and at cooperating in areas of common interest, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said
The US State Department has to handle Russia with 'strong and balanced approach’ aimed both at deterring Russian “aggression” against NATO countries and at cooperating in areas of common interest, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said

According to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, the era of US hegemony in the world is over, and Washington is forced to reckon with the new superpowers – the resurgent Russia and the rising China, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to DefenseNews.

“Russian provocative actions” alarm many western countries, especially Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. To sound out those nations, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work traveled earlier this month to the region and met with his counterparts from all five countries. He also met with UK and US military officials and, throughout the trip, discussed and listened to reports about what the Russians have been doing.

“The main question is, what are the objectives of Vladimir Putin as Russia is ready to go far, and how the country is threatened with her hand after the Crimea and eastern Ukraine?” – The author writes Defense News.

According to Work, “Russia wants to be treated as a great power with global interests ” and it started with the “illegal annexation of the Crimea and the destabilization of Ukraine.” Russia also tries to restore the military bases of the Cold War in the Arctic. Russian naval and air forces activity increased in the Baltic and Nordic regions, Work said. However, Russia seems to understand that by attacking a NATO country, it will provoke a “very strong response” of the alliance. Russia is unlikely contemplating it, but Moscow is sending a clear signal that it has its own interests in this area, and “they are going to aggressively protect them as they see fit,” Work said.