When most people think of the most powerful nuclear country, they tend to immediately think of the United States.
But the truth is that Russia actually has a slightly larger stockpile of nuclear weapons than the US does – this includes both stockpiled warheads and those that are fully operational and ready to go.
The United States has close to 7,000 nuclear warheads, but Russia has over 7,000, beating the US by a small margin.
They also have about forty more active nuclear warheads than America does, with both countries having close to 2,000 that they are ready to launch.
Some may think China is close, but they actually don’t have any operational warheads at the moment. The next closest countries are actually France, with a few hundred, and the United Kingdom, with a little over 100 in terms of operational nuclear weapons.
For this reason alone, Russia has to be respected. With one of the largest economies, areas of sheer territory, and that many nuclear weapons, they are a very strong force to be reckoned with.
A ground invasion of Russia has already been proven to be all but impossible, and a serious air battle would lead to them threatening nukes against the US.
In the meantime, it is hard to prevent Russia from taking back countries in Eastern Europe without starting some kind of full blown war, or threatening the use of nuclear weapons – an empty threat because we know Russia could respond in kind.
Due to being such a strong nuclear power, apart from fighting proxy wars over the ground Russia is trying to occupy, there isn’t a lot we can do to slow them down.