Lloyd, U.S. Defense Secretary Austin warned Saturday Russia’s invasion of Ukraine offers a preview of A world where nuclearChina, Moscow and other -armed nations could pose a threat to other countries.

Austin The remarks were made at Halifax International Security Forum which attracts security and defense officials representing Western democracies.

“Russia’s invasion offers a preview of a possible world of tyranny and turmoil that none of us would want to live in. And it’s an invitation to an increasingly insecure world haunted by the shadow of nuclear proliferation,” Austin Said in a speech.

“Because Putin’s fellow autocrats are watching. And they could well conclude that getting nuclear weapons would give them a hunting license of their own. And that could drive a dangerous spiral of nuclear proliferation.”

Austin dismissed Putin’s claims that “modern Ukraine was entirely created by Russia,” This vision is being called of “a world in which autocrats decide which countries are real and which countries can be snuffed out.”

He added that the war “shows the whole world the dangers of disorder. That’s the security challenge that we face. It’s urgent, and it’s historic.

But we’re going to meet it. … The basic principles of democracy are under siege around the world,” he said.

Risk of nuclear ‘Armageddon’

Last month, Joe Biden, the U.S. President declared that there was a risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at its highest level since the 1962 Cuban missile crises; Russian officials have raised the use of tactical nuclear weapons After suffering setbacks for nearly nine months, the invasion was finally over. of Ukraine.

While U.S. officials for Months have been warning of Russia’s potential use weapons of Ukraine faces mass destruction of Despite the setbacks on the battlefield, officials from the Biden administration have repeatedly stated that nothing has changed in U.S intelligence assessments to suggest that Putin is preparing to deploy. nuclear weapons.

Recently, CIA Director Bill Burns met with his Russian counterpart in intelligence to warn of If Russia deployed a missile, it would have serious consequences nuclear Ukraine: Weapon

Austin nuclear weapons must be managed responsibly and not used as a weapon against the world.

“Ukraine faces a harsh winter. And as Russia’s position on the battlefield erodes, Putin may resort again to profoundly irresponsible nuclear saber-rattling,” He said

Austin He also said that Russia is being compared to China and that Beijing is trying to remake the international system and the region to fit its authoritarian needs. He noted China’s increasing military activities in the Taiwan Strait.

“Beijing, like Moscow, seeks a world where might makes right, where disputes are resolved by force, and where autocrats can stamp out the flame of freedom,” He stated.

‘The course of global security’

Austin called Putin’s invasion the worst crisis in security since the end of Second World War and its outcome “will help determine the course of global security in this young century,” Austin said..

Austin The deadly Polish missile explosion this week was a result of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “war of choice” Ukraine “The tragic and troubling explosion in Poland this week reminded the whole world of the recklessness of Putin’s war of choice,” Austin said.

On Tuesday, two workers were killed when a projectile hit a grain-drying facility close to Poland’s border with Ukraine. Although the source is unknown, of NATO officials are investigating the incident and believe that it was launched from a Ukrainian missile launcher.

Russia was blamed by the officials of NATO, Poland, and the United States. for In any case, the deaths are not surprising. A Ukrainian missile would not have failed to strike if Ukraine hadn’t had to defend itself from heavy Russian attacks.

Russian officials have sided with Russia in the conflict as a struggle against NATO — though Ukraine is not a NATO member even if it has been receiving aid from NATO member states.

Austin NATO is a defense alliance that poses no threat to Russia, according to the statement.

“Make no mistake: we will not be dragged into Putin’s war of choice. But we will stand by Ukraine as it fights to defend itself. And we will defend every inch of NATO territory,” Austin said.

Polish investigators investigate the source of The missile and the circumstances of The U.S., Ukrainian and other investigators assisted in the launch of the explosion.

Andriy Yermak, head of The Office of The President of Ukraine, stated in an interview broadcast live to the forum “It’s not right to say it’s a Ukrainian rocket, or a Russian rocket, before the investigation is over.”

In its 14th year, about 300 people gather each year at Halifax International Security Forum held at Halifax’s Westin hotel, where about 13 Ukrainian refugees now work.

Our weekly Impact Report newsletter will provide insight into how ESG news, trends, and roles are shaping the roles of responsibilities. of today’s executives—and how they can best navigate those challenges. Subscribe here.