US DEFENCE Secretary Ashton Carter accused Russia and China on Saturday of endangering world order.
“In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states,” Mr Carter claimed, going on to accuse Moscow of “prolonging” the war in Syria by bombing Islamic State (Isis) terrorists.
“We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot, war with Russia,” he said. “But make no mistake, the US will defend our interests … the principled international order.”
Mr Carter also called on rising power China to “behave,” boasting that the US was developing new high-tech weapons to maintain its global hegemony.
The US has in recent months repeatedly provoked China by violating disputed territorial waters around islands in the South China Sea.
It also supported last year’s far-right coup in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine and is aiding rebels trying to overthrow the secular government of Russian ally Syria.