Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has called on the international community to stand together against Russian aggression against Ukraine and attempts by the Kremlin to undermine the rules-based international order.
According to an Ukrinform correspondent, the statement came on the sidelines of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ 19th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, a major annual defense and security forum in the Indo-Pacific region.
Austin stressed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could have implications for global security and that the international community must therefore remain closely engaged to support Ukraine and uphold a rules-based international order.
In addition, the Pentagon chief emphasized that the international rule-based order must not be weakened.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample on the rules that protect us all, what happens when major powers decide their imperial appetites are more important than the rights of their peaceful neighbors,” he said. “It’s a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us want to live in.”
“These challenges require shared responsibility and joint action, and we must all reaffirm our collective commitment to uphold international law, defend global norms and oppose unilateral changes to the status quo,” the minister said.