Transcript for US Ambassador to NATO Worries About Russian Attempts to 'Influence Political Campaigns'
Let's put all of that to the American diplomat whose job is to study blatt a mere prudent for America and its allies Doug Lou the US ambassador to NATO. Joins us from Brussels and ambassador to looped. Part of your job is indeed to study Vladimir Putin so what is he up to what is he trying to accomplish. Well Martha clearly things have changed over the last couple years. Most recently of course the news is all about cyber attacks. But actually over the last couple years since the annexation illegal annexation of Crimea. A sovereign piece of of a neighboring country Ukraine. Russia has really in many ways torn up the rule book the rule book that has guided the international system since at least World War II. A dates all the way back to the UN charter. So Russia has become. More a source of instability and uncertainty of unpredictability. For the NATO alliance. Then it has over the last twenty years where we honestly tried to have a meaningful reciprocal partnership with NATO. An annual meeting with the Russian represented to NATO on Monday it's the first meeting since before the DNC hack in July will you bring up cyber. Well outsiders not an immediate agenda item for tomorrow's meeting. I imagine that's more than one ally however. Will bring up with our Russian counterpart. This pattern of malign influence that is seen not only in the United States by way of this DNC hacking experience. But a crossed other democracies in the alliance. And these are activities which include cyber in other allied capitals but also funding of political parties misinformation campaigns. And even promoting civil unrest. So there's a larger pattern here that the alliance is aware off and which is a good topic for our discussion with our Russian colleagues. And ambassador loot I was in east Stoney air earlier this year. And I flew in a fighter jet. With a young American pilots who was supporting NATO exercises along the Russian border. Given what you just said and given what Putin did in Crimea do you thinks he is contemplating doing the same in Russian speaking eastern. Estonia. I do not believe though that anyone in Russia today intends to attack NATO. But that doesn't mean that we don't have a responsibility to reassure allies like Estonia who are front line allies that is they have a land border with Russia. Our allies. Who are potentially susceptible to cyber attack of war misinformation campaigns and so forth. And I just want to end on this and what makes you nervous about Russia and what Russia might. Do next. Well I worry about attempts bar I Russia such as the the examples I cited cyber attacks influencing. Attempts to. Influence political campaigns flooding are allied capitals. News a good news. Media. With this information or disinformation. And all these with an attempt to fragment internally our society's. Perhaps a distort our political process c.s and to sow discontent. And a lack of cohesion across the allies. So odd and so that's that's really the challenge here thanks very much for joining us this morning ambassador lived.
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