Tensions have risen to an all-time high between the U.S. and Russia. After experts said earlier cyber attacks on the U.S. were from Russia and Putin’s actions in the Middle East, the relationship between the two countries has continued to deteriorate.
After Vice President Joe Bidden’s threat that we will “send a message” to Russia with a possible cyber attack, Russia responds that it will do anything necessary to protect itself from a potential attack from the U.S.
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According to the RIA Novosti news agency, ‘The threats directed against Moscow and our state’s leadership are unprecedented because they are voiced at the level of the U.S. Vice President.
A Kremlin official added,”To the backdrop of this aggressive, unpredictable line, we must take measures to protect (our) interests, to hedge risks.”
U.S. intelligence officials informed NBC News that the CIA is preparing for a possible cyber attack on the Kremlin to embarrass their leadership. Moscow has responded by instructing their civilians to check on the availability of bomb shelters and gas masks.
The Russia UN Ambassador has stated that there is a “different kind of tension” today between our two countries. Vitaly Churkin said that tensions today between the Soviet Union and Russia are much different than those felt over 40 years ago during the Cold War.
Churkin stated, “The general situation I think is pretty bad at this point, probably the worst… since 1973.”
While many question if a healthier relationship can exist between the U.S. and Russia, Churkin claims that “even though we have serious frictions, differences like Syria, we continue to work on other issues … and sometimes quite well.”
How did two of the world’s powerhouses get to this point? According to Churkin, there are ‘a string of things’ that have brought U.S.-Russian relations to their current low point. It’s kind of a fundamental lack of respect and lack of in-depth discussions’ on political issues.
Churkin noted that it’s possible that a change of leadership in the U.S., following the presidential election, would likely result in a more positive relationship.
Many experts do not believe that Russia is intent on war but is instead simply posturing, showing their power to deter western countries from intervening with Russian activities such as the bombing in Syria. If the CIA follows through with their planned cyber attack, the world will be watching to see Russia’s response.