A deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship is dangerous. Biden should rein in tensions | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

A deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship is dangerous. Biden should rein in tensions

Some good news on the foreign policy front has been the agreement by Presidents Biden and Putin to extend the arms control accord limiting strategic arms — a welcome step for international security. Yet, it would be foolish to pat ourselves on the back and think we have genuinely stabilized the smoldering train wreck of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

Mr. Biden made clear in October 2020 his view that Russia represents the most serious threat to U.S. national security. After December reports alleging Russia perpetrated a wide-ranging hack of the U.S. government, one might reasonably expect that Moscow and Washington remain practically on a war footing.

The Russian defense minister revealed just before Christmas that U.S. military forces are now making bellicose approaches proximate to Russian borders at a rate 15% higher than last year. Such forces do not just amount to light infantry, but rather constitute more offensive-oriented weapons like armor, attack helicopters, nuclear attack submarines, and also strategic bombers.

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