Dhaka August 25 2022 :
Conflict in Ukraine has become another pretext for the United States and its allies to unleash an economic and information war against Russia.
The aim of the US and its allies is to strategically deplete Russia to eliminate rivalry and warn other states pursuing an independent foreign policy.’
Statement by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu at the meeting of defence ministers of SCO member states on August 24 2022.
The role of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a new centre of power is growing amid a turbulent international environment. Therefore, it is important to strengthen cooperation in the military sphere and consult regularly in bilateral and multilateral formats on issues of common security.
In SCO region, as well as in the world at large, threats are escalating, local crises are not subsiding, and new serious challenges are emerging.
The United States and the collective West are exerting unprecedented pressure on independent states to maintain global dominance. To this end they use blatant blackmail, threats, colour revolutions and coups, and spread gross disinformation. Confrontational actions and sanctions imposed by the West are worsening the situation in the global economy, ruining communications, artificially creating a food crisis.
Conflict in Ukraine has become another pretext for the United States and its allies to unleash an economic and information war against Russia. The aim of the US and its allies is to strategically deplete Russia to eliminate rivalry and warn other states pursuing an independent foreign policy. The West, led by Washington, refused to take into account our concerns regarding guarantees of mutual security, first and foremost the neutral status of Ukraine.
Necessity of the special military operation in Ukraine was dictated by real threats from Kiev to the residents of Donbass, and subsequently to Russia.
In the special operation, we are strictly observing the norms of humanitarian law. The strikes are carried out with high-precision weapons against the military infrastructure of the Ukrainian armed forces: command posts, airfields, depots, fortifications and facilities of the military-industrial complex. In doing so, everything is being done to avoid civilian casualties. Of course, this slows down the pace of the offensive, but we are doing it deliberately.
Ukrainian military units are using scorched earth tactics, blatantly violating international norms, and acting like terrorists. They use residential buildings, schools, hospitals, kindergartens as firing positions, place tanks and artillery in them, using population as human shield. They deliberately shell and remotely mine populated areas with anti-personnel mines, with the purpose of causing as much damage to civilians and infrastructure as possible.
The facts regarding the implementation of the US military-biological programme in Ukraine were uncovered during the special operation. The documents we disclosed confirm that the Pentagon financed more than 30 Ukrainian bio-laboratories. The high-risk research was carried out secretly, with the participation and guidance of US specialists. Such actions pose a direct threat to SCO countries.
As far as the southern flank of our Organization – Southeast Asia – is concerned, there is also a complex set of complex interstate contradictions and hotbeds of tension with a hard-to-predict scenario of events. Washington is attempting to fracture the regional security architecture to ensure global hegemony. To this end politico-military blocs are being created, such as: QUAD and AUKUS. Countries in the region are engaged in cooperation with NATO and a front is formed to deter China.
We will instruct the working group to prepare proposals on the future cooperation of our countries’ defence ministries. Such areas could include “countering unmanned aerial vehicles, information and biological security.