Russia an ‘existential threat’ to US, top Army general tells Congress

A nuclear arsenal able to destroying the US makes Russia the “only current existential threat” to Washington, US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley informed lawmakers.

“Because of Russian nuclear capabilities they are the only country on Earth that is capable to destroy the United States,” Milley stated on Tuesday, testifying at a budget hearing earlier than the House Armed Services Committee. However, having that functionality doesn’t imply Russia is presently planning to use it, he added.

Moscow is probably going to “threaten our interests for the next 20 years as they attempt to regain control of historic spheres of influence and shape European economic and security structures in their favor,” in accordance to the top Army general.

Russia will search to undermine NATO and problem the US in “all regions of the world,” Milley insisted.

Arguing for the Army’s portion of the Pentagon’s $780 billion price range request for 2020, Milley also said that “near-peer competitors” akin to China and Russia are “aggressively pursuing modernization programs” to erode US navy dominance.

This just isn’t the primary time Milley has made the argument about Russia being an “existential threat” – he stated the very same factor back in 2015, when he turned the Army’s chief of workers – neither is he the only one to assume and say so inside the US navy institution. He is, nevertheless, tipped to develop into the brand new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when General Joseph Dunford retires later this 12 months.

Asked about the risk from Russia to NATO and the US, President Donald Trump informed reporters on the White House in a while Tuesday that he hoped there wouldn’t be any, and that he needed to have a “good relationship” with Russia.

Trump was talking after an Oval Office assembly with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who’s in Washington to have fun the alliance’s 70th anniversary this week.