Russia claims to be ready to engage in post-war dialogue with Ukraine, but that point has not yet been reached
The Minister of Defense of Russia, Sergei Shoigu, stated this Monday, during a military forum in Beijing, that Russia is ready for post-war dialogue with Ukraine, but this point has not yet been reached and that it is necessary for of the Western powers. abandon their claim for the strategic defeat of Russia.
At the Xiangshan Forum, China’s biggest annual military and diplomatic event of the year, Shoigu said that while the point has not yet been reached where a dialogue on the post-conflict period in Ukraine can begin, Russia is ready to doing this and the dialogue on future integration with the West, but stressed that “it is also important to ensure equal relations between all the nuclear powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council, which has a special responsibility to maintain the peace and stability in the world.”
As such, he accused the West of wanting to expand the Ukrainian conflict in the Asia-Pacific region, saying that NATO is trying to hide the increase of its troops in the region while “inflating the desire for dialogue.” On the contrary, he pointed out, according to the Russian agency TASS, NATO countries are promoting an arms race in the area, increasing their military presence and the frequency and scale of their military maneuvers. According to Shoigu, the United States uses information exchanges with Tokyo and Seoul to stop Russia and China, in addition to accusing Washington of using climate change as an excuse for “humanitarian interventions.”
He also stated that Russia’s departure from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty does not mean the end of the agreement and that Russia will not lower its thresholds for the use of nuclear weapons. · We only seek to restore equality with the United States, which did not ratify this agreement,” Shoigu said.