The United States and Russia are the world’s largest nuclear powers. And yet they have not always been on the same page.
The first atomic bomb test was performed by the United States in 1945. It helped the United States win World War II over Japan. However, the Soviet Union was the second-largest nuclear-weapons power by the 1980s. In fact, its total number of warheads was the highest.
The United States and Russia are currently involved in a war in Ukraine. The two nations are at the lowest point in their relationship since the Cold War.
A nuclear war between the US and Russia would have catastrophic consequences. Experts estimate that up to five billion people could die. Moreover, it is possible that the two nations would occupy the same territory.
According to a recent survey, most Americans are worried about a potential military confrontation with Russia. But, few are willing to blame the other side for the crisis.
A clear message is a step toward ending wars worldwide. But, the US and Russia’s interests are in sync on issues such as the Middle East and managing the rise of China.
The United States and Russia are both important players in the global economy. And, the two nations need one another. They also need each other to fight terrorism. But, if they act together, it could stretch their superpower beyond its limits.
But, the biggest question is, what are the potential consequences? And how does the US and Russia’s relationship change if they act together?