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Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability

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"But make no mistake - we will defend our allies, the principled global order, and the positive future it affords all of us", Carter said in an address to students at Oxford University.

Mr Carter told reporters at a press conference in Lancaster House: "President (Barack) Obama and I and many other Americans know we can continue to count on a strong United Kingdom to be a staunch ally". "But make no mistake: We will defend our allies, the principled worldwide order, and the positive future it affords all of us".

A key way to doing so, he said, is for each side to have operational awareness of the other - "to know exactly what they're doing, and for us to establish the way with them, ways that they can not interfere with one another in the pursuit of their separate objectives".

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested Wednesday that Russian Federation was behind the hacks carried out against the Democratic Party.

The Pentagon chief's comments come after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested Moscow is utilizing cyber attacks to help her Republican opponent Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in the Democratic primary, leading committee chair Rep.

The two powers have been negotiating in recent days, with Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin meeting for 90 minutes on Monday on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in China, but failed to reach an agreement. He suggested that the US should focus on the content of the hack rather than who carried it out.

He cites progress the countries made together in the aftermath of the Cold War, but says Russian Federation now "appears driven by misguided ambition and misplaced fear".

"Unfortunately, it's tendency is to pursue that goal by undercutting the work and contributions of others rather than creating or making any positive contributions on its own".

"Today's news out of Syria is not encouraging", Carter said Wednesday, echoing Obama.

However, he noted that Russian Federation and the U.S. had also worked together to secure a deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

In the case of Russia, Carter touted the U.S.' enhanced military presence in Europe as a signal that it stands with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and is ready to defend alliance territory if pushed. "The choice is Russia's to make, and the consequences will be its responsibility".

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