Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu claimed on Tuesday that the unipolar world was over, saying Moscow’s “special military operation” marked the era of transit to the multipolar structure.
Speaking at the 2022 Moscow Conference on International Security, Shoygu said Russia does not need nuclear weapons to achieve military objectives in Ukraine, and the country’s military doctrine clearly defines cases. use of the nuclear bomb – the extraordinary circumstances which threaten the existence of the State.
According to Shoygu, the West accuses Russia of non-existent threats to distract from banned military biological research activities in Ukraine.
Shoygu thanked the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross for the depoliticized cooperation in Ukraine.
The minister said that Russia’s “special military operation” allowed NATO to reveal its true nature, that the alliance stopped “hiding” behind words about “defensiveness” and openly formulated its basic documents, extending its interests to Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. .
Shoygu argued that the events in Ukraine are reasonable grounds for Finland and Sweden to join NATO, noting that the two countries have been drifting towards the organization for years.
He warned that the deployment of North Atlantic forces and weapons to Scandinavian countries would trigger a reaction from Moscow.
The military leader also said that Russian specialists are carefully studying Western weapons that were captured in Ukraine, noting that these weapons failed to change the tide of battles.
Shoygu criticized the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for taking a biased approach to Russia, noting that the body was created as a platform for dialogue.
He also opposed the Western approach of dividing the world into authoritarian and democratic parts, with the general idea that the harshest measures, including force, could be used against “autocrats”.
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Shoygu said the AUKUS alliance could turn into an “Asian NATO”, which means new challenges for Russia in its Far East region.
AUKUS is a security pact involving the US, UK and Australia signed last year under which Canberra will get nuclear-powered submarines.
He said that despite all attempts, Western domination is becoming a thing of the past.
As the West goes to extremes in its efforts to preserve global hegemony, the situation in the world remains tense, Shoygu said.
He cited Afghanistan and the Middle East as places where terrorists could seek revenge and retake their positions.
The Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine has ended Western hegemony in the world, it will take time for a multipolar order to adjust but it is already a reality, he noted.
“A multipolar world is today’s reality. The transition from the domination of a world leader to several centers of attraction is not easy, but it creates real conditions for the development of sovereign states”, Shoygu said.
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