Speaking at a Monday meeting hosted by Washington think-tank The Brookings Institution, the Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John E. Hyten, warned of the possible risks in case conflicts get out of control, RT reports.
“We never fought the Soviet Union,” Hyten stressed. “As for the great powers, our goal is to never go to war with China and Russia.”
According to the General, such an event would “destroy the world and the global economy and will be bad for everyone”. He warned that it should be ensured that the USA “does not go down that path”. Hyten stated that progress was made in delivering improved relations between the two countries, though it is still a long way from total stability.
However, he expressed concern about the lack of similar steps with China, as the country, according to him, is undergoing “unprecedented nuclear modernization that is now becoming public”.
“We’re limited with Russia to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads, so we have to decide where we want to put those – submarines, ICBMs… that puts a limit on what we have. China, there’s no limit… you have to ask yourself, why are they building that enormous, enormous nuclear capability?” Hyten worried.
It is reminded that earlier, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, warned that it was Washington, not Moscow, that was increasing the risk of fatal escalations by stationing nuclear weapons on foreign soil in Europe. At that time, he expressed hope that the USA will stop “sharing nuclear weapons” with its allies, which obviously leads to destabilization and creating new risks.