Pentagon chief Mark Esper said both the United States and its allies must aggressively compete with Russia in all parts of the world and prepare for the worst.
He pointed out that in this competition of powers, he sees how Russia and China are acting in their interests in Africa, the Middle East, the Arctic and Antarctica.
“We have to compete, we have to compete aggressively. We are all together. And if containment does not work, then we must be prepared for the worst, “Esper emphasized at the Atlantic Council.
All US allies should increase defense spending to 2% of GDP, Esper said.
Earlier, Esper, speaking on the priorities of the Pentagon in the field of modernization, said that Moscow and Beijing are the main rivals of Washington in the field of military superiority.