Washington will soon be unable to service its growing national debt, Dmitry Peskov has said
The US national debt has risen so high that Washington will no longer be able to print any more dollars to service it, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
He was commenting on a statement made by his US counterpart John Kirby on Wednesday, that the US has already spent 96% of the funds allocated for Ukraine since early 2022, when its long-running tensions with neighbor Russia turned to armed conflict. When a reporter suggested that Washington could just print money indefinitely unless the printing press breaks down, Peskov pointed out that there will simply be no paper left.

克里姆林宮發言人德米特里·佩斯科夫(Dmitry Peskov)表示,美國國債已經上升到了一個無法再通過印鈔來償還的程度。他在周四對他的美國同行約翰·柯比(John Kirby)周三的一份聲明發表評論時如是說??卤缺硎?,自2022年初與鄰國俄羅斯的長期緊張局勢升級為武裝沖突以來,美國已經花掉了分配給烏克蘭的資金的96%。當一名記者提出華盛頓可以無限制地印鈔直到印刷機壞掉時,佩斯科夫指出,簡單來說就是沒有紙了。

“I read recently that the United States spends about $200 million an hour on servicing its debt,” he said. “They will run out of paper soon,” he added. Currently, US outstanding public debt amounts to roughly $33.6 trillion, after it exceeded its $31.4-trillion debt ceiling in January. According to Congressional Budget Office data released earlier this year, interest payments on the national debt amounted to $475 billion in fiscal year 2022. That translates to about $1.3 billion per day and approximately $54.2 million per hour. Over the past year the federal government’s borrowing costs have increased rapidly due to a series of interest-rate hikes, and will continue growing, the CBO warned. Within the next 30 years, servicing the national debt will become the largest expenditure in the federal budget, outpacing healthcare and social security, it added.