U.S. President Barack Obama believes that the United States needs to pay more attention to the defence of Europe, to resist the aggressive actions of Russia, according to USA Today.
Speaking to reporters after meeting at the White house with the head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter and representatives of the joint chiefs of staff, Obama said: “We are investing in military capabilities to deter aggression and protect our security and the security of the allies. And this includes strengthening our position in Europe to support NATO allies, especially in light of increased aggression by Russia”.
Obama stressed the importance of what his administration was able to negotiate with Congress on the withdrawal of the Pentagon’s budget under sequestration.
It has allowed to request for the defense in the 2017 financial year 582,7 billion – about the same as in the current period. Expenditures of the United States to strengthen European security is expected to increase by 2017, nearly four times up to 3.4 billion dollars.
In addition, the head of the American administration mentioned issues such as the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, where, in his opinion, the dispute of China with other countries over Islands in the South China sea was a threat to the freedom of Maritime navigation, as well as cybersecurity, reports TASS.
Turning to the question of countering the threat of the group “Islamic state” (IG, DAYSprohibited in Russia), the U.S. leader said that ISIS continues to lose its positions in Iraq and Syria and is the financial loss, however, but continues to pose a serious threat and is able to carry out a major terrorist attack.
According to Obama, the fight against ISIS is “top priority” of us authorities. “It will be an uphill struggle, but I am absolutely sure that ISIS will be defeated and we will win,” he said. As the President noted, the U.S. needs to take steps for the release of militants of the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian Raqqa.
In a meeting in the White house was attended by Minister of defense Ashton Carter, his Deputy, Bob Wark, Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Joseph Dunford and the heads of all operational and regional commands of the armed forces of the United States. The meeting was attended by Vice President Joseph Biden and assistant to the President for national security and counterterrorism Susan rice and Lisa Monaco.