“Russia is the only country in the world with the nuclear capability to destroy the U.S.”, according to Mark Milley, U.S. Army Chief. The General claims Russia to be an existential threat to the U.S.
The country that stands second in list is Russia. After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, America led a series of sanctions against Russia. Russia now finds itself in the midst of a recession for which is accuses the U.S. and Europe sanctions. Russia also has a tight grip over its media, which weighs heavily on public opinion, and regularly vilifies the US. Few years ago, Russians rated the U.S. at 51%. Now the rating has nosedived to a staggering 15%. Russia’s receding economy has further marred U.S. perceptions in countries with strong business-ties to Russia, like Venezuela and Argentina.