“Russia has made it clear now that they are a bullying actor in the world,” he said. “And they have formally adopted a military policy that identifies NATO as an adversary where before NATO considered Russia a partner.”
Turner said the U.S. and the NATO members in Europe need to invest more on Defense to counter the Russian threat.
“U.S. military readiness is diminished as a result of sequestration,” he said. “We have gaps in our capabilities.” Referring to Russia, he said, “They’re investing, modernizing and building their capabilities as ours is declining.”
The military commitment of NATO members became an issue in the presidential campaign when Republican nominee Donald Trump suggested that countries that don’t pay their fair share to the alliance can’t continue to expect the U.S. to come to their aid if attacked by Russia.
Turner said he wants to send a message that all countries need to invest in their military.
“Investing in our military shouldn’t be based upon people who threaten us it should be based on what’s necessary to keep us secure,” he said. “People will always come around who decide to threaten other nations. We just have to be prepared.”