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Putin reacts to US report on war with Russia and China

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A war between Russia and Western countries like the United States would be an entirely different form of war from Moscow’s war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, after a US report suggested Washington should prepare to simultaneous wars with Russia and China.

“We act on the basis that we want peace, but if they want to go to war against Russia, then that’s a completely different war, it’s not something like carrying out a special military operation,” he said. Putin said in a broadcast on Sunday by Russian state media. Moscow uses the term “special military operation” to refer to its war in Ukraine.

His remarks came after a report released Friday by the U.S. Strategic Posture Commission said the White House should increase spending on conventional and nuclear forces to deal with dual threats posed by Russia and China.

Washington will soon find itself in a “fundamentally different global context than it has ever known,” and in which Russia and China “will possess nuclear arsenals comparable to ours,” the report says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks October 13, 2023 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A war between Russia and Western countries like the United States would be a completely different form of war from Moscow’s war in Ukraine, Putin said.
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Moscow has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, and China has devoted resources to strengthening its nuclear arsenal, including its new Type 096 ballistic missile submarine.

“Furthermore, the risk of conflict with these two nuclear peers is increasing,” the report said.

Relations between the United States and Russia have reached their worst level in years because of the war in Ukraine.

The United States and other Western countries supporting Ukraine’s war effort against Russia have been careful to portray their military aid and support for Kiev as assistance, not involvement in the war.

But in mid-September, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the United States was “waging a war” against Russia “no matter what they say.” A Pentagon spokesperson said News week when asked about Lavrov’s comments at the time that “the United States is not at war with Russia, nor are we seeking a war between NATO and Russia.”

Relations between Washington and Beijing have also become more tense over China’s refusal to condemn the invasion of Ukraine and fears over Chinese plans toward Taiwan.

The United States does not have formal ties with Taiwan, which has its own democratically elected government, but says it has “robust unofficial relations” with Taipei. Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway island to be brought back under central control.

“China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological might to do it,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in May 2022.

China “poses the most serious long-term challenge to the international order,” he added.

Although the possibility of a “major nuclear conflict” remains remote, the “risk of military conflict with Russia and China, although not inevitable, has increased, and with it the risk of the use of nuclear weapon, possibly against American territory. » adds the American report published Thursday.

“The United States must urgently and decisively change course,” the report’s authors write in the report’s conclusion.

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