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Ukraine conflict outcome will help define 21st century – Pentagon – RT World News

Washington’s hegemony, which he calls “the rules-based international order,” is at stake, says Lloyd Austin

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Saturday that the outcome of the conflict in Ukraine will shape the geopolitical order of the 21st century. The western one “stability and prosperity” is online, he pointed out.

“The outcome of the war in Ukraine will help determine the course of global security in this young century,” Austin told an audience at the Halifax Security Forum in Canada. “And those of us in North America don’t have the ability to drop this one.”

“Stability and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic are at stake,” he continued, saying that Russia’s military operation “Tears to the rules-based international order that protects us all.”

“rules-based international order” is a term often used interchangeably with “liberal world order”. It encompasses the web of Western-dominated institutions – such as the World Bank, World Trade Organization, UN, EU and NATO – that have regulated global diplomacy, trade and conflict. since the end of World War II.

Commenting on this approach before, Russian President Vladimir Putin argued that, rather than benefiting the whole world, this order serves as an instrument of “unipolar hegemony” used by the United States to make the rest of the world its “vassals”.

“The West insists on a rules-based order”, he remarked in a speech in September. “Where does that come from anyway?” Who has seen these rules before? Who accepted or approved them? »

“Russia is a millennial great power, a whole civilization, and it is not going to live with such improvised and false rules”, he stated.

Putin has spoken many times about building competition “multipolar” the world order, in which several superpowers balance and constrain each other, and disputes are settled according to laws rather than Western dictates “rules.” Earlier this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was ready to work with Russia. “and other like-minded countries to promote the development of a multipolar world.”

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