Analyst Geller urges US to prepare to repel future nuclear attacks from both Russia and China
LA VISTA (USA), 27 July – RIA Novosti. Patty-Jane Geller, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said on Wednesday that the United States must modernize its deterrence strategy to respond simultaneously to possible nuclear attacks from both Russia and China.
“If we have the capacity to implement our strategy against a nuclear-armed opponent, we need to change it so that we can do it against two people at the same time. I think we’re not talking about repelling Russia’s nuclear attack and striking back. Geller said at a panel at the 13th annual deterrence symposium that started in Nebraska. “We will need to repel the strike, respond to Russia, and at the same time maintain our ability to deter China,” he said.
Quoting the speech of the head of the US Strategic Command, Geller stressed today that the US “cannot afford the luxury of deterring just one nuclear enemy.”
According to the Heritage Foundation analyst, if Washington does not take any decisive action in the context of nuclear deterrence, its inaction will undermine international stability in this area. At the same time, Geller acknowledged that further US development of nuclear weapons could provoke a backlash from Moscow and Beijing, which would result in a new “arms race.”
“At the same time, I don’t think we should worry too much about it. History teaches us that from time to time, when we stop building our nuclear forces and even reduce the number of our nuclear forces, our competitors keep accumulating them,” he said.
A few days after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin placed strategic deterrents, including nuclear weapons, on special alert. In this context, the Kremlin stated that Russia has no plans to use nuclear weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke in April about the “very significant” risks of a nuclear war, but Russia’s principled position is that the use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable.
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