The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also believes that the conflict in Ukraine “will be measured for years.”

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces warned that the likelihood of a significant international conflict between the great powers in the modern world is growing, not decreasing.

Russia’s armed invasion of Ukraine “is the most serious threat to the peace and security of Europe and possibly the whole world in my entire 42-year career in the U.S. armed forces,” General Mark Milley said, speaking before the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Forces.

“The United States is at an extremely important and historic, geostrategic turning point. We find ourselves in a world that is becoming more unstable, and the potential for a significant international conflict between great powers is growing, not decreasing,” Milley continued.

Russia, Milley noted, “retains a large and diverse nuclear potential to threaten the United States” and its allies.

“We have heard very provocative rhetoric regarding the level of combat readiness of the Russian nuclear forces,” the chairman of the committee said.

He added that Russia has repeatedly demonstrated its ability and desire to carry out “complex and malicious actions in cyberspace.”

In addition, Milley believes that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has created a “dangerous historical turning point.”

Milley warned that it would be wrong to expect a quick end to the conflit in Ukraine.

“I believe that this is a protracted conflict that will be measured for years. I don’t know if we can talk about a decade, but a few years are for sure,” he said. “I think that the United States, NATO, Ukraine and all allies and partners supporting it will be involved in this for a long time.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who spoke with Millie at the hearing, also called Russia an “acute threat” to the United States.

“As we have seen in recent weeks, Russia… It remains an acute threat that requires close and sustained coordination within NATO in order to prevent further aggression in Europe,” Austin stressed.

However, in general, according to Milley, China remains the main “geostrategic challenge” for the United States in the long term.

According to the general, China continues to develop its potential in various fields and “every day works to reduce the technological gap with the United States.”

“In short, they are still determined to fundamentally revise the international order in their favor by the middle of the century. They intend to become an equal rival of the United States militarily by 2035, they intend to develop their military potential to seize Taiwan by 2027,” Milley warned.

“Where Russia poses an acute threat, China is a geostrategic challenge to our national security in the long term,” the general stressed.