“The Russian military is a potential threat to the United States,” said Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Berrier said the nation’s military is being used to maintain influence over the states, “to compete with the American periphery, to compel and force hostile global backers to challenge Russia’s vital national interests” . ”
“Moscow continues to invest in its strategic nuclear forces in new strategic capabilities to increase its strategic nuclear force, and this puts the US Homeland at risk,” Barrier said.
“So I directly and proportionately responded to the interference in Russia’s elections and the cyber attack on our government and our businesses – they did both of these things, and I told them that we would answer that, and we have. But when we Can cooperate in this. Our mutual interests, “Biden said.
Tensions may be high but a summit
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that Russia has not officially responded to the United States summit proposal.
“We are still looking at this proposal and analyzing the situation,” Peskov said. “Every time the summit is accompanied by Washington’s words about Russia paying some kind of price and the inevitable sanctions. So, of course, a deeper analysis is needed here.”
In recent weeks a buildup of Russian troops along the border had reignited tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have fought Russian-backed separatists seeking independence from Kiev since 2014.
Tass quoted the Ministry of Defense on 23 April as saying, “Currently, military units and formats are loading on railway stations, airspace, landing ships, railway platforms and military transport aircraft.”
Moscow announced Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu after weeks of embarking on the largest buildup of troops near the Ukrainian border since 2014. It was not clear from the declaration how many soldiers would remain in the area.
Berrier emphasized that the Russian military power comes from its investment and along with the development of nuclear weapons, its “traditional forces posture for large-scale defensive and territorial operations.”
“Russia has long-range precision cruise missiles and power project capability with limited expedition capabilities,” he said.
Berrier reported that Russian military leaders “are involved in training and exercises, taking lessons from Russia’s involvement in Syria.”
When Sen. Deb Fischer, a Nebraska republican, was questioned about Russia’s nuclear warhead development, Berrier confirmed the Defense Intelligence Agency’s assessment from 2018 that Russia was updating its nuclear bomb production complex and ” Each year is producing hundreds of nuclear weapons, ”he says. Valuations are still valid.
Barrier also confirmed that while the US is following the nuclear test moratorium, Russia is not.
“The United States believes that Russia is probably not following a nuclear test moratorium with a yield-consistent or zero-yield standard. The United States, by contrast, has a zero-yield standard, retaining the end quote.” said. “Does that still remain an assessment of the DIA?”
“It does, Senator,” Barrier said.
CNN’s Barbara Starr, DJ Judd and Natasha Bertrand contributed to this report.