: Washington Post: Russia is now a threat. The US should treat it like one

18:15 Aug. 20, 2016

Washington Post: Russia is now a threat. The US should treat it like one

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the youth educational forum 'Tavrida' in the Bakal Spit in Crimea, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

David J. Kramer explores president Putin' crackdown on human rights in Russia and its implications

David J. Kramer is senior director for human rights and democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and a former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the George W. Bush administration.

The next president should recognize that Russia under Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian, kleptocratic regime that poses a serious threat to our values, interests and allies. We should contain and deter Russian aggression by reassuring our NATO allies that we will defend them, fulfilling the collective-defense guarantees of Article 5 and reaffirming our support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and aspirations of Russia's neighbors to join NATO or the European Union. We must also support those living inside Russia who are struggling for a better, more democratic future.

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