Next month, the United States and Russia will meet in a friendly game in Portugal. This is the first match between these two teams since their World Cup campaign began sluggishly. Both teams scored early against Canada, but it was the Americans who scored more goals than their Russian counterparts. The two teams will now face off in the Algarve Cup. Let’s take a look at the key factors to be watched in the match.
While the United States and Russia have their own unique set of goals, they have very little in common. Russia is the second most powerful nation in the world when it comes to nuclear weapons, and it has more than six thousand warheads on their arsenal. The Soviet Union created the largest nuclear bomb in history, the Tsar Bomba, with a blast yield of 50 megatons of TNT. The Russians have also launched a number of nuclear tests.
In a time when the United States is a near-peer adversary, it is imperative to keep our word. It is clear that we should not escalate this conflict to a full-scale war, and we must avoid escalation of tensions to prevent a global crisis. The United States is unlikely to successfully deploy massive forces to Ukraine at this time, but it can send a clear message to all stakeholders. A clear message to all parties will go a long way towards restoring a peaceful Ukraine and ending wars worldwide.