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The newspaper Global TimesBeijing’s official spokesperson for international affairs, published this Monday (27) an important analysis of the escalation promoted by the US and NATO in the Ukrainian conflict that “it will only lead to a vicious circle, escalating the nuclear arms race and finally giving way to a scenario that no one wants to watch.”. Read the full article below.

When it comes to the issue of Ukraine, the West and Russia have never stopped testing and putting pressure on each other. The greater the US and NATO pressure on Russia, the greater Russia’s counterattack will be.

NATO criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what it called his “dangerous and irresponsible” nuclear rhetoric on Sunday, a day after Putin said he planned to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, NATO reported. Reuters. On the same day, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell threatened Twitter what “the EU is ready to respond with more sanctions“.

As for the recent escalation, the reason is the UK’s irresponsible decision to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition. On the one hand, depleted uranium munitions have already crossed the red line that Russia can accept. On the other hand, it shows that Western countries like the UK have nothing to gain, in the end, from arms-supplying Ukraine. In response, Russia opted to actually deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus.

Now NATO has come out to accuse Russia of breaking its own arms control commitments. But in fact, the US has long violated the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times that the US has deployed tactical nuclear weapons in European countries including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey, which means that the US has long deployed its tactical nuclear weapons on Russia’s doorstep, posing a significant threat to the country’s national security. Russia’s reaction this time is not just aimed at the UK movement, but at the US.

Russia’s planned deployment of its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is not only a response to past and current NATO provocations, but is also aimed at deterring potential US provocations by dealing with what is about to happen.,” Song said.

Belarus is a key choice for Russia as its geographic location is ideal. It is not far from Poland, Germany, the Baltic countries and even the Nordic countries. If tactical nuclear weapons are deployed there, it will have a huge strategic deterrent effect on some NATO neighbors close to Russia, Song noted.

However, whether the US and NATO impose various sanctions on Russia or continuously supply Ukraine with weapons, they are actually moving in a more dangerous direction. This will not help resolve the Ukraine issue, but will only lead to a vicious circle, escalating the nuclear arms race and finally giving way to a scenario that nobody wants to watch.

Wang Shuo, a professor at the School of International Relations at the Beijing University of Foreign Studies, pointed out that, knowing that the situation could get worse, the US is still putting pressure on Russia and the objective behind this is to maintain its hegemonic system. Also, during the Cold War, the US used extreme pressure tactics against the Soviet Union, which ended up dragging the Soviet Union down, so today Washington still wants to apply the same tactics.

Now, the peacekeepers mediating the Ukraine-Russia conflict are still relatively insufficient. European countries were hijacked by the US to supply Ukraine with arms, and even countries like Japan went to great lengths to provide assistance to Ukraine. All this serves the interests of the US, whose goal is to force European countries, and even the countries of the Indo-Pacific, to help the US fight Russia and drag it down. Since that goal has not been achieved, Washington does not want peace now.

It is the US that is putting pressure on Russia step by step. Washington does not want to see a Russian victory on the Ukrainian battlefield. If Ukraine loses, that means NATO loses, which also means the US loses its leadership and global hegemony, a price it cannot pay. Consequently, when China presented a complete, systematic and dialectical 12-point peace proposal, the US was the first to deny it. The peace proposal takes into account all aspects and is practical. The fact that the US hastily rejected it shows that it does not want peace.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is a “proxy war” that the US has imposed on Europe. If the US and Russia cannot reach an agreement, there can be no peace between Russia and Ukraine. But if the conflict continues, not only will Russia and Ukraine be harmed, but Europe’s security dilemma will also worsen. The more Europe tries to be safe, the more insecure it becomes.

Fonte: Global Times


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