Russia is “paranoid” about being challenged by NATO and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of US intelligence said Tuesday.
“They’re greatly concerned about being contained,” the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Clapper said that Russia fears the installation of a missile defense network in Europe could negate the threat posed to the West by its nuclear arsenal.
“I think the Russians fundamentally are paranoid about — about NATO,” he said.
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