US General: Russia undermines NATO

US General: Russia undermines NATO

Russia is attempting to undermine NATO, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, said.

Dunford said he’s concerned about Russia’s behavior, including its annexation of Crimea, its actions in Eastern Ukraine, it threats to Georgia and Moldova, and its aid to Syria.

Russia is engaging in these actions in an attempt, Dunford said, to “undermine the most successful alliance in history - the NATO alliance”.

“From a US perspective, I would tell you I believe our center of gravity as a nation, through a security lens, is the network of alliances. Russia is trying to erode that,” he added.

Russia and China are separately concentrating on anti-access, area denial strategies, but for similar ends, the chairman said.