Next month, the United States and Russia will play a friendly match at the Algarve Cup. Both teams opened their 2014 campaigns with a disappointing 1-0 win over Canada. While the United States will look to bounce back, Russia is a dangerous team. The United States has plenty of offensive weapons and can overwhelm the Russian defense.
While the two countries have a lot in common, they differ greatly in military power. The US has more bombers and fighter jets, while Russia has more land vehicles and tanks. The two nations also have more aircraft carriers, submarines, and destroyers. The US has a higher military budget and more bases than Russia.
The United States and Russia have different economic and political systems. The United States is a capitalist economy and is not as interested in communism. Both ideologies seek to export their values and beliefs to others. However, they view each other with suspicion. The Soviets are suspicious of the United States’ Marshall Plan, a multibillion dollar aid package that was designed to help rebuild Europe. The Marshall Plan is seen as an attempt to control communist movements. On the other hand, the United States sees the Marshall Plan as a way to create market conditions for its exports.
Both nations have developed nuclear weapons. Russia is the second largest nuclear weapons state behind the United States. They have more than sixty-four hundred deployed warheads. They have also conducted more than seven hundred nuclear tests. In the past two decades, the Soviets have become the second most powerful nuclear weapons nation. The Soviet Union developed the world’s largest bomb, the Tsar Bomba, which had a blast yield of fifty megatons of TNT.