The Chinese are pushing the limits in the South China Sea ….
Now we hear of the Russian’s back doing military moves against the Ukraine?
This seems to be an effort to overwhelm and test an American President that has seemed to NOT want to get into armed conflict’s….
Biden has to deal with his son’t actions in the Ukraine, that the Russians are sure to exploit ….As they have already taken over land from the Ukraine they wanted…….Biden has been very supportive of that country…
Gen. Glen VanHerck, head of U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for homeland defense, acknowledged the recent uptick in Russian aggression, pointing to Moscow’s efforts to “reassert its influence on a global stage.”
In particular, Russian air intercepts today are more “complex” than in the past, VanHerck said, noting that the operations often involve multiple points of access and more than one aircraft that stay in the area longer.
Capt. Wendy Snyder, a spokesperson for European Command, declined to discuss the command’s watch condition levels, citing operational security, but noted that “We’re watching the situation very carefully.”
Stronger rhetoric: The recent increase in activity presents a fresh foreign policy challenge for the new administration, even as the president had pledged to take a tougher line with Russia than former President Donald Trump, whose relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin led to accusations that he was soft on Moscow.
President Joe Biden has already signaled his tougher stance, characterizing Putin as a “killer” and vowing to hold Russia to account for recent hacks, including an attack that compromised software by Texas-based Solarwinds Corp., which affected at least 100 U.S. companies and nine federal agencies….
The president also recently approved an additional $125 million worth of lethal aid to Ukraine to defend its borders with Russia, including two armed patrol boats and counter-artillery radar. The U.S. has committed more than $2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014, including providing Javelin anti-tank missiles. While the Obama administration sent military equipment to Ukraine, the lethal aid didn’t come until the Trump administration….
Biden has a long history of advocating support for Ukraine, particularly after Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. As vice president and the Obama administration’s primary emissary to Kyiv, Biden visited the country six times and spent hours on the phone with its leaders.
He also spearheaded efforts to send American forces to train Ukrainian fighters and prodded top officials to root out corruption, his advisers told POLITICO during an interview last year….
Earlier in the week, national security adviser Jake Sullivan “affirmed the United States’ unwavering support” for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, Kirby said.