For decades now, the world has lived under an uneasy, almost subversive tension between the United States and Russia. This was called “The Cold War” for years, with each nation subtly digging at one another, sometimes with words, other times in action.
Given the constant desire of the Kremlin to interfere in American politics as of late, there are legitimate fears that Vladimir Putin is looking to escalate this conflict again, or at least attempt to draw the United States into a heightened state of agitation.
The latest ugly threat comes as Russia seeks to arbitrarily annoy Ukraine.
Russia on Tuesday called the United States an adversary and told U.S. warships to stay well away from Crimea “for their own good”, calling their deployment in the Black Sea a provocation designed to test Russian nerves.take our poll - story continues below
Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and two U.S. warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea this week amid an escalation in fighting in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have battled Russian-backed separatists in a conflict Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.
The language being bandied about was quite stark.
“The United States is our adversary and does everything it can to undermine Russia’s position on the world stage,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was cited as saying by Russian news agencies.
“We do not see any other elements in their approach. Those are our conclusions,” the agencies quoted him as saying.
Just weeks ago, US President Joe Biden referred to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin as “a killer” – a remark that allegedly frustrated and angered Putin.
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