November 18th, 2014 17:48 EST
Chuck Hagel: Russia`s Actions Dangerous And Irresponsible
By Nick Simeone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called Russia`s actions in Ukraine dangerous and irresponsible " and said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO than anything else in years.
It has brought the world together in a way where they are isolating themselves by their actions, " Hagel said of Russia, as he took questions from Marines during a visit to North Carolina`s Camp Lejeune.
"Very Dangerous` Actions
One service member asked the defense secretary if he envisioned the United States becoming more involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Russia`s actions toward Ukraine, as well as stepped-up Russian military air flights over European airspace and plans for similar flights over the Gulf of Mexico are very dangerous, " Hagel said.
The violations of sovereignty and international law that the Russians have perpetuated continue to require responses, " the defense secretary said. The United States is working with NATO in shifting our entire rotational rapid deployment focus, " he added.
U.S. European Command chief Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove , who is also NATO`s supreme allied commander for Europe, has said Russian military equipment continues to flow across the border into Ukraine, something Russia denies.
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