Washington. John Rood, US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy at the hearings in Congress asserted that Russia and China are the main and growing threat to US national security. In addition, according to him, American missile defense systems in their current form are incapable of resisting the new Russian weapons.
“Russia and China are taking action to restructure the world order, to change existing state borders. They represent a growing threat to the security of the United States, its allies and partners,” Rood said.
“In the current state, US missile defense can not fully protect the US from the strategic forces of Russia and China,” he added.
These threats, he said, will only increase, so the US and its allies should increase allocations for military needs.
In addition, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense once again accused Russia of violating the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (SMRMD).
Recall that on March 2, the Russian ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that Russia considers groundless the US accusations of violating the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (SMRMD). According to Antonov, the US accusations are supported neither by the technical characteristics of the launcher, nor by flight telemetry data. At the same time, he added that Moscow “has serious concerns about the fulfillment of the terms of the agreement on the part of the United States.”
We also add that another wave of aggressive American rhetoric unfolded after Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an appeal to the Federal Assembly on March 1, said that the Russian Defense Ministry, together with the rocket and space industry, had begun an active phase of testing the latest nuclear weapons. Putin told about new weapons, not comaparable to any now existing in the world.
In response, the White House boasted of the US defense potential, not citing any specific examples of new weapons.
In turn, the Pentagon said that it has already taken into account the creation of new defense systems in Russia, which President Vladimir Putin unveiled during the traditional message to the Federal Assembly.