Russia’s leading defense officials have warned of growing conflict around the world and argued that the United States was the source of deteriorating global security.
Speaking at the Eighth Moscow Conference on International Security, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu argued that “the top trend of the current moment is the accumulation of potential conflict in various regions of the world.” He said that “frozen conflicts are being activated” and “new centers of potential armed confrontation are being formed, many of which are initiated from outside.”
“There are still combat operations in Yemen. Conflict in Libya is entering a new phase. Tensions remain in Syria and Iraq. Terrorist groups are becoming more active in Africa. The western part of this continent is leading in the number of hijacked vessels seized by pirates,” Shoigu added, also claiming that “steps are being taken to push neocolonial interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign states,” including in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia.
He then called out the U.S. by name. Shoigu specifically criticized Washington’s decision to leave bilateral arms control agreements such as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in February and the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in 2002, a move he said “was aimed at undermining the deterrence potential of Russia and China.” read more…