If the two superpowers were to engage in a conventional war, the U.S. military would dominate Russia hands down. But today’s wars aren’t toe-to-toe affairs, and one side’s geographical advantage can overwhelm the other’s. With 10 aircraft carriers and a vast technological edge, the U.S. is clearly the better force in air defense and power projection.
As President-elect, Trump promised to seek a peaceful and friendly relationship with Russia, while also using diplomatic channels to settle disputes. But while there are still many differences between the two countries, these differences must be viewed with an open mind. Neither country has any obligation to become an adversary, and the U.S.A. and Russia must work together to improve relations.
The war in Ukraine is a case in point. While the United States has long been a staunch supporter of NATO, Russia has recently escalated its war against Ukraine. As a result, NATO has issued a warning to Russia. NATO, otherwise known as the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance made up of 28 European countries and two North American nations.
The United States and the Soviet Union signed the SALT II Treaty in June 1979. The two nations agreed to work together to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. They also discussed other issues including human rights, trade, and China. The two nations then signed a joint statement of principles. The treaty was never ratified, but it provided an opportunity to address many issues. In addition to this treaty, the two countries signed new bilateral trade deals in May 1985.