US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a ‘preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil’

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a plenary session at the 19th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on June 11, 2022. 
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  • Austin rejected Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
  • “It’s a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in,” he said.
  • Zelensky also spoke at the summit, stating that “the future rules of this world are being decided” in Ukraine.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin while speaking in Singapore on Saturday articulated that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a “preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil.”

While speaking at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, Austin remarked on the potential repercussions of the deadly invasion, which was launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin in February and has been widely condemned by an array of global leaders, notably those from NATO member countries.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all. It’s what happens when big powers decide that their imperial appetites matter more than the rights of their peaceful neighbors. And it’s a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in,” he said at the major Asian defense summit.

He added: “So we understand what we could lose. We see the dangers of disorder.”

The Pentagon chief then spoke of the importance of the “rules-based international order,” highlighting how Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea all helped Ukraine in the aftermath of the invasion, while also noting the critical contributions from India, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also gave an address to the summit on Saturday — with his speech was conducted virtually — where he emphasized that the global order was being tested in his country.

“I am grateful for your support … but this support is not only for Ukraine, but for you as well,” Zelensky said, per Reuters. “It is on the battlefields of Ukraine that the future rules of this world are being decided along with the boundaries of the possible.”

Since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, an alliance of leaders — including US President Joe Biden — have continued to appropriate money for arms necessary for the Ukrainian military to fight back against invading forces.

The first few weeks of the war featured critical errors on the part of the Russian military, with the country suffering major losses among its members on the ground and utilizing inadequate equipment.

Russia has recalibrated and in recent weeks has focused its actions largely in eastern Ukraine — largely in the Donbas region, which have included intense battles in the city of Severodonetsk.

Ukraine has pleaded for longer-range weapons from the West in order to counter the weaponry being used by Russia.

Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, recently told The Guardian that the battle against Russia is “an artillery war now” and said his forces were currently “losing in terms of artillery.”

On Friday, Austin also met with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe, the minister of national defense, where he emphasized that the US did not “seek confrontation or conflict” as it pertains to Taiwan.

Since entering the White House last year, Biden has had several foreign policy rifts with China, largely as it relates to the United States’ stance of “strategic ambiguity” regarding Taiwan, which the Chinese government considers a breakaway province.

https://www.businessinsider.com/defense-secretary-austin-ukraine-russian-invasion-china-taiwan-world-chaos-2022-6

5 comments

  1. “It’s a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in,” he said.
    And then, “So we understand what we could lose. We see the dangers of disorder.”

    So, my question is; being aware of the very negative repercussions of a Russian victory, WHY is the US not doing more to prevent this? Why is the White House so hesitant to send a higher number and much more effective weapons to Ukraine? Is the answer FEAR?
    If it is fear, which I am sure that it is, then all of you – Lloyd Austin, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Anthony Blinken – should be fired! If it only were so easy. Fear has no place in the White House. Fear is for women, children and weak guys. The US cannot afford to be led by fearful people. Fear will not stop rogue nations from trampling on international laws and international order. Fear in the WH encourages such behavior. Fear won’t help us one bit.
    I don’t advocate gung-ho warmongering, either. There is a golden middle way, and this hasn’t yet been fully implemented; give Ukraine what it needs to finish the job. In the long run, it is better and cheaper for all of us.

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    • He speaks good condemnatory words that we can all agree on, but proposes no solution. I realise that he mustn’t show all his cards at this time, but it wouldn’t have hurt to state clearly that the United States will not tolerate genocide and that Russia can expect a very painful response.

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      • I agree that not everything must be announced to the world. But, it’s not hard to guess that our willpower to stop this monster is sorely lacking in vitality. I secretly hope that we give much more than we say we do, because fear is a part of Biden and his administration. We saw it clearly in Afghanistan.

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  2. “The Pentagon chief then spoke of the importance of the “rules-based international order,” highlighting how Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea all helped Ukraine in the aftermath of the invasion, while also noting the critical contributions from India, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.”
    I have no idea what he’s on about. Fantastically wealthy countries like the Scandies and the ones he mentions here, have given absolute peanuts. Insulting amounts in fact.
    As for fucking India, it is currently buying shitloads of oil off putler at knock down prices.
    Furthermore, putler enjoys cult status there. Even India’s mortal enemy: Pakistan, supports the snarling little nazi.
    It’s a fucking sick world man.

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    • I know that this world is sick. We have the 21st century, but much of this globe has an attitude more fitting for the 19th century.

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