A potential cyberattack on the USA from Russia could set the two superpowers on a collision course according to General Keane. He warned that the Kremlin could look to strike back at the US directly in response to sanctions for invading Ukraine. The General told Fox News on Sunday: “We’re about to experience something that we likely never had before.”
“And that is if there is an invasion, and if Biden follows through on his economic sanctions and Nord Stream 2, as he has promised, and I do think, hopefully, he comes through with that.
“I do have some question marks about their resolve but if that happens, it’s likely that Putin will conduct a cyber attack on the United States to reciprocate for the sanctions imposed on them.
“And that would be the first time that we’re experiencing cyber warfare in connection with kinetic warfare and the reality is, while we’re not directly involved in the Ukraine warfare, we are supporting the Ukrainians on the ground, and then indirectly.
He added: “So we’re going to be the recipient of a cyber attack and that has potential for escalation because we will respond and we have eye-watering capability in terms of our offensive capability and we successfully forded the Russians in 2018. During the midterm elections when they attacked us, and we took them off the screen.
“President Trump, a highly classified operation, revealed that in an interview, we did it again in 2020.
“So we have capability here and as you move into that arena, this is different we have never been down that road before and it has potential certainly for cyber escalation.
“Could it lead to something else?”
Western fears about an invasion have become more pronounced in the past week, with US President Joe Biden stating on Friday he is “convinced” Mr Putin is preparing to order troops into Ukraine within days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that a Russian incursion across the border into Ukraine “could be the biggest war in Europe” since the Second World War, with casualties on both sides.
Mr Johnson said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, it appeared Moscow’s plan for an offensive had “already in some senses begun”, pointing to the escalation of violence in Russian-backed separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine.
Fighting between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army has been dragging on for eight years but shelling has increased dramatically in recent days.
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On Sunday evening the US embassy in Russia cautioned Americans on Sunday to have evacuation plans, citing the threat of attacks in Moscow and along the Russian border with Ukraine.
“There have been threats of attacks against shopping centres, railway and metro stations, and other public gathering places in major urban areas, including Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as in areas of heightened tension along the Russian border with Ukraine,” the embassy said.
“Review your personal security plans,” the embassy said.
“Have evacuation plans that do not rely on US government assistance.”