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Russia is a threat to the United States in the short term, China in the long term, said the Director of the intelligence Department of the Ministry of defense, Lieutenant General Robert Ashley. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
“In the short term, it is Russia”, — said Ashley during Aspen forum on the question of who is more dangerous for Washington, Moscow or Beijing.
The head of the intelligence Agency agreed that if the country is to “go public”, it can react in unpredictable ways. According to him, it is quite applicable to Russia. “Existential threat” to America are also “several thousand nuclear warheads”, which is in Moscow, said Ashley.
“The Chinese lead in economic terms. This is a long term,” — said Lieutenant General.
Earlier, the Deputy head of the U.S. Coast guard, Vice Admiral Daniel Abel said that to compete with Russia in the Arctic, the Americans needed six new icebreakers.
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