The U.S. does not understand why Russia views NATO as a potential threat to its security. James Mattis, the U.S. Secretary of Defense said that at a briefing.
When asked what it is that Russians want, Mattis replied: ‘Beats me’.
‘Right now, Russia's future should be wedded to Europe. Why they see NATO as a threat is beyond me. Clearly, NATO is not a threat,’ he said.
According to Mattis as quoted by CBS News, ‘the U.S. is trying to deal with Russia diplomatically, at the behest of Mr. Trump. But the U.S. will also have to confront Russia when the Kremlin attacks on the cyber front or tries to change other countries' borders’.
The U.S. official added that given this situation, Washington now is in a ‘strategically uncomfortable position, engaging diplomatically, trying to find a way out of this situation, but confronting them where we must’.