Moscow military experts have said Vladimir Putin will not back down amid escalating tensions between the global superpowers, blasting the White House’s “aggressiveness”.
But Kremlin military chief Lt Gen Yevgeny Buzhinsky described the provocative action as “full-scale confrontation”.
The retired general added: “Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one.”
“But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”
Spokesman for the Russian government Dmitry Peskov moved quickly to denounce Biden’s threats.
He said: “The threats directed against Moscow and our state’s leadership are unprecedented because they are voiced at the level of the US vice president.
“To the backdrop of this aggressive, unpredictable line, we must take measures to protect our interests, to hedge risks.”
Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov also accused the US of “unprecedented threats” and “borderline insolence”.
Cold War deployments are being setup by the Russia military as nuclear bombers sweep the US border and plans are set in motion for new bases in Cuba.
Pentagon chiefs warned Russia could be on the verge of launching a “terrible” nuclear attack on a NATO nation.