Russia has ‘impressive weapons’ says US Secretary of Defense — RT World News
Lloyd Austin says country’s massive military didn’t help him gain ground in Ukraine
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Saturday hailed Russia’s armed forces and armaments, adding, however, that this has not allowed Moscow to achieve victory in the Ukraine conflict.
“You know, the Russians have a massive army and impressive weapons,” but this “did not help them to prevail in a campaign of conquest and cruelty,said Austin, speaking Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada.
According to the manager,this is the cause,” as good as “those who fight for it.”
The Secretary of Defense then praised President Joe Biden for rallyingnations of goodwillagainst Russia’s attempts toredraw the borders by force.”
Austin also said the United States will support Ukraine as long as the conflict lasts, insisting the outcome will be “determine the course of global security in this young century.”
He added, however, that NATO will not be drawn into what he described as the “the worst crisis [European] security since the end of the Second World War,unless Moscow attacks one of its member states.
The defense secretary claimed the military alliance was defensive in nature, while noting that Washington had increased the number of US troops stationed in Europe to more than 100,000.
Some of these forces were deployed in Poland, representing the “first permanent American forces on NATO’s eastern flank,,” Austin noted.
He concluded by saying that the “the fundamental principles of democracy are under siege all over the world,” and it was “American leadership“which helped shape the rules-based international order after World War II, and Washington’s role remains”essential to sustain it.”
A number of senior Russian officials, including the country’s former president and current deputy head of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, have claimed in recent months that Russian forces in Ukraine are facing not only the kyiv army, but also to the whole ofNATO and the Western World.”
Moscow has repeatedly argued that the West is only prolonging the conflict by supplying arms to Ukraine.
Before hostilities broke out in the Eastern European country in late February, Russia presented NATO with a number of proposals aimed at defining a new European security architecture. The Western military alliance, however, rejected the measures out of hand.