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Austin says Russian military operation in Ukraine ‘preview’ of ‘possible world of chaos’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a ministerial roundtable luncheon at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 11, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has sounded the alarm about the "dangers of disorder" taking over the world, citing the Ukraine conflict as a warning signal.

Addressing the annual Shangri-La Dialog in Singapore Austin, Austin likened the situation in the pro-Russia regions in eastern Ukraine to a “preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil.”

Russia launched its "special military operation" in late February after Ukraine's Kiev regime refused to implement the terms of a peace agreement for the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all. It’s what happens when big powers decide that their imperial appetites matter more than the rights of their peaceful neighbors. And it’s a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in,” Austin said.

“So we understand what we could lose. We see the dangers of disorder,” he noted. 

In the meantime, the US' main rivals, Russia and China, have inaugurated a new cross-border bridge in the Far East in a bid to further boost trade and offset exacerbating US-led sanctions slapped against the two major global powers.

"In today's divided world, the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe bridge between Russia and China carries a special symbolic meaning," said the Kremlin’s representative in the Russian Far East, Yuri Trutnev.

The opening of the new trade route came amid Western criticism of Beijing’s refusal to condemn Moscow’s military operations in Ukraine while also censuring US-led sanctions against Russia.

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