14 Sep. 2021 21:02 clock
As global nuclear warehouses grow and countries modernize their warheads and missiles, it is more necessary than ever to de-escalate tensions and avert nuclear Armageddon, said one of the United States’ highest officers.
In a speech he gave Monday at the Brookings Institution Washington think tank, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John E. Hyten warned of the risks of conflict spiraling out of control. Hyten expressed the hope that the cooler heads will prevail. “We never fought against the Soviet Union,” he said:
“As for the great powers, our goal is never to wage war against China and Russia.”
According to Hyten, such an event “would destroy the world and the global economy. It would be bad for everyone, and we need to make sure that we do not embark on this path.” In previous agreements between Moscow and NATO after the end of the USSR, however, it was concluded that “Russia is no longer a threat”. At the same time, he pointed out that the Russians were “modernizing their entire nuclear arsenal”. The reason for this, according to Hyten, is that “they were worried about the US, I think”.
Hyten argued that there was progress in improving relations between the two countries, but that there was still a long way to go to real stability. He said Washington is increasingly concerned about the lack of comparable steps with China, a country he says is undertaking “unprecedented nuclear modernization that is now public … You see hundreds and hundreds of solid silos.”
“And by the way, there are no limits to what China puts in these silos,” warned the top Pentagon officer:
“We have agreed a limit of 1,550 nuclear warheads with Russia, so we have to decide where to use them – in submarines, in ICBMs … That sets the limit on what we have. China has no limit … Ask yourself “Why are you creating these tremendous, tremendous nuclear capabilities?”
In December, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that it was Washington, not Moscow, that was increasing the risk of fatal escalations through the stationing of nuclear weapons on foreign soil in Europe.
Ryabkov said the Kremlin “hopes the United States will stop ‘sharing’ nuclear weapons with its allies and stop stationing nuclear weapons in countries that do not have them … Obviously destabilizing, and adding new risks. “
At the same time, his remarks rang in accord with Hyten’s, as he said that “a nuclear war cannot be won … Russia is ready to work together to avert this situation.”
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