On June 26th, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave a speech at the “Actual issues of information counteraction” conference at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2019.”
The defense minister said the aim of the information war led by the Western establishment against Russia has the ultimate aim of subjugating it.
“The main and basic goal of this war is to control Russia and, ultimately, the world,” he said.
According to him, the aggressive Western information influence against Russia is due to it recovering its status of “the second pole” in ensuring global stability.
“What is all this agony (let’s name it that) of the West related to?” the minister continued. “It all comes down to the appearance of the second pole of the world order, which seemed buried and gone – a monument was built, a wreath laid, but then the second pole was reborn. And it is currently being born.”
The minister stressed that for Russia, this is not a painful process. “For us this is creation, energy. We do all this willingly. The world is becoming multipolar again. Of course, some do not like it. However, the West does not understand yet that it is impossible to rule today’s world on a whim,” the minister stressed.
At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Defense stated that the world is becoming multipolar and the West still does not understand that it is impossible for them to “just want to take it and begin to rule.”
Shoigu also said that he expected the Russian State Duma to approve a bill that imposes sanctions on those who demolish and desecrate monuments soldiers-liberators.
“This is our second attempt, I hope it will be successful,” Sergei Shoigu said.
At the same time, the Minister of Defence stressed that, along with an expert discussion of issues related to the distortion of historical facts, acts of vandalism, “we must proceed to very specific steps and real actions.”
“Therefore, we have introduced the bill – I hope it will be supported by our colleagues,” which speaks of responsibility for the destruction of our monuments, the distortion of history. “Such actions must have consequences,” he said.
According to him, the person who made the decision, and the one who condoned the destruction of the monument, must both bear responsibility for it.
“At least under our laws,” Shoigu continued. “Such people should not have the right to do business in this country. They must not be allowed to enter the Russian Federation. And if they managed to, they should be subjected to our law for their actions.”
At the same conference, First Deputy Minister of Defense Ruslan Tsalikov said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the non-military confrontation with the West has not stopped for even a second.
“At first sight, the risks of military confrontation are gone. However, non-military confrontation has never stopped event for a moment. This is an expansion in terms of language, religion, culture, history,” he said.
According to him, today the very existence of Russia largely depends on the correct response to non-military threats from the West.
“A lot depends on us today: will we miss another opportunity to save our country or not? Shall we respond to the challenges and threats our society is faced today with?” Ruslan Tsalikov noted.
“The correct diagnosis is a very important step to recovery, he said. “If one fails to understand this fact, it leads to wrong management decisions,” Ruslan Tsalikov stated. He also stressed that “in a military confrontation one could not do anything against us.”
Tsalikov further underlined the need for an adequate response to the US’ offensive cyberoperations.
He recalled that earlier national security adviser to the US president John Bolton accused the previous administration headed by Barack Obama of passivity and inaction in cyberspace.
“But the administration headed by Donald Trump, according to Bolton, turned the tide and, above all, began to actively conduct offensive operations in cyberspace,” added Ruslan Tsalikov.
Tsalikov said that these operations relate to the impact on the mind and psychology of man, and man-made. The US cyber corps was granted the right to attack without the president’s sanction both on social networks and energy systems, the First Deputy Defenсe Minister noted.
“It depends on us whether we will respond to the challenges and threats that society faces today. After all, correct diagnosis is the first step to recovery,” said Ruslan Tsalikov.
Earlier in June, Second Deputy Defense Minister Andrei Kartapolov said that the United States and its allies launched a full-scale information war against Moscow. He stressed that Western countries are trying to “reformat individual and mass consciousness” of Russians and citizens of CSTO member countries with the help of the media “in the right way for themselves.”
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