The candidate for the post of US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs, Colin Kahl, noted that Washington’s relations with Moscow could deteriorate even more.
Relations between the US and Russia have reached their lowest point since the end of the Cold War and may deteriorate further. This opinion was expressed on Thursday by the candidate for the post of Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs, Colin Kahl.
“Relations between the United States and Russia are probably at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War,” he said in written responses to questions from lawmakers before a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to consider his candidacy. At the same time, according to Kohl, if Russia does not change its behavior in accordance with Washington’s views, “these relations will continue to deteriorate.” He argued that Moscow’s return to” acceptable behavior on the international stage” is “a necessary condition for any sustainable normalization of relations between the two countries.”
Speaking at the hearings themselves, Kahl expressed the opinion that Russia is losing many of its positions, including in the economic sphere, which creates even greater danger for Washington. “Russia relies very heavily on its energy resources. There are many indicators of the Russian economy and demography that do not play into the hands of Moscow. Some people find comfort in this, but I actually think that it makes Russia more dangerous in the short term,” he said. According to him, Moscow is currently trying to “squeeze the maximum out of the power that it has left.”
At the same time, Kahl noted in written answers to questions that “there are several main areas where [Moscow and Washington] interests may overlap.” Among them, he attributed “ensuring strategic stability and minimizing the risk of unintended escalation in all areas, which may lead to military actions using non-nuclear and nuclear weapons.”
Earlier, representatives of the US administration have repeatedly stated that they intend to simultaneously cooperate with Russia, as in the case of the extension of the Russian-American Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Weapons, and respond to Moscow’s “hostile actions,” without seeking to escalate tensions.