One of the most powerful US military leaders of our time, General David Petraeus, while speaking at a conference called the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy commented that the tough and aggressive stance taken by President Vladimir Putin of Russia is actually good for US European relations. Now we know that Trump has asked the Europeans to pay more to support NATO but with no threats, they have no interest in paying. However, recently, Putin has made it clear that he aims to build more aggressive weapons and remind the Europeans that he means business – so the Europeans are now friends with the US again.
General Petraeus explained that the recent friction between member states and Putin galvanized cooperation and led to increased spending on defense, CNBC reported in an article by Matt Clinch. The US has been conducting military exercises in Poland and this has angered Russia, as has the Aegis Ashore system in Romania and Poland. The US has also withdrawn from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces or INF Treaty with Russia in August. Russia is now suggesting that it is building more aggressive weapons that the US cannot defend against. And Russia is building missiles, new and more effective missiles that are the future of European warfare. But overall, the comments from Petraeus states that Russia inadvertently caused a revival for NATO.