05 Jan '16, 8pm

Eucom Commander Seeks New Approach to Russia - Department of Defense

Eucom Commander Seeks New Approach to Russia - Department of Defense

STUTTGART, Germany, January 5, 2016 — For two decades, the United States “hugged the bear” in Europe, but that has to change, the commander of U.S. European Command said. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, who also serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, has advocated for more U.S. forces in Europe to counter growing Russian capabilities and capacity. He spoke to reporters traveling with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and its allies saw an opportunity to try to make Russia a partner. But a strategy document signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week names the United States and the expansion of the NATO alliance as threats to his country. Breedlove said the policy document merely codified Russian actions for several years. A ‘Revanchist ...

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