Russian President Vladimir Putin promised ‘consequences greater than any of you have faced in history’ if outside countries attempt to interfere in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. With the US and EU imposing crushing sanctions on Russia and sending weapons in to Ukraine, Russia has escalated in kind by making alarming moves with regard to its nuclear weapons/readiness.
This week, Putin put the country’s nuclear deterrent on ‘high alert’, further escalating the showdown between Russia and western powers.
Admiral Charles Richard, the head of the U.S strategic command, released a harrowing statement outlining the nuclear threat against the United States from Russia and China. The Epoch Times Reports–
“Adm. Charles Richard, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, said it has become imperative for the United States to have the capabilities to defend against Russia and China at the same time.
“Today, we face two nuclear-capable near peers, who have the capability to unilaterally escalate a conflict to any level of violence in any domain worldwide, with any instrument of national power, and that is historically significant,” Richard said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on March 1.
He pointed out that while the need to deter both China and Russia at the same time was only a major concern in April last year, the concern “has now become a reality.”
“That need is now an imperative,” he said.”
In the leadup to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia and China deepened their economic and military ties in what they have called a “no-limits” partnership.
Both Russia and China claim to have hypersonic missiles capabilities, something the US has not yet developed.