NEW YORK, May 22 /TASS/. General Mark Milley, chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Saturday said the risk of a serious conflict between great powers is increasing.
"We are facing, right now, two global powers: China and Russia, each with significant military capabilities, and both fully intend to change the current rules-based order," he told a class of the US Military Academy in West Point at a graduation ceremony.
The United States is entering a world that's becoming more unstable. The world you are being commissioned into has the potential for serious international conflict between great powers, he continued. "And that potential is increasing, not decreasing."
On February 24 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aims to demilitarize and de-Nazify the country. The US and its allies retaliated by imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia and boosted arms supplies to Kiev.