US Defence Minister Ashton Carter think that economic sanctions, imposed on Russia since March 2014, are ineffective. He believes new political and military countermeasures are necessary.
Carter underlined that the West has to change policy towards Russia, since economic sanctions have not stopped Russia and it continues to support terrorists in eatern Ukrainian region. He agreed that sanctions made some impact on Putin, but doubts whether economic measures will stop him from his plans.
He proposed to use political and military measures and recommended to raise number of military trainings and joint military programs with Washington’s allies. He also observed that NATO must enhance its intelligence efforts.