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Preventing Russia from Territorial Expansion: A Global Perspective

In a gathering of international experts at the Foreign Strategy conference on 'UK and Global Security: Scenario after the war between Russia and Ukraine,' the alarming consensus emerged that the ongoing conflict is not just a regional dispute but a harbinger of a much broader, global conflict - one that has been ominously dubbed World War Three by some. The dire assessments provided by scholars and veterans present at the conference underscore the urgent need to end the war in Ukraine and prevent Russia from further territorial aggression.


1The ominous specter of World War Three looms large over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as experts like Taras Kuzio emphasize the role of external actors in prolonging the war. President Biden's policy on military aid to Ukraine, often described as a 'drip-drip' approach, has been cited as a factor that has contributed to the continuing hostilities. The differing approaches of nations, with the UK openly supporting the defeat of Russia, highlight the global ramifications of the conflict.


The interconnected nature of the ongoing war was emphasized by Alexander Osovtsov, a veteran of Russian politics, who identified it as one war, involving a bloc of aggressive dictatorships comprising Russia and its proxies. China, he argues, leads this bloc, underscoring the need for a united front from democratic countries worldwide. The primary objective, according to Osovtsov, should be to dismantle Russia's military forces, as a step towards achieving peace in the region.


Vladimir Socor, a Romanian-American political analyst, offered a grim prediction of the likely outcome of the conflict - the de-facto partition of Ukraine. He warns that such an outcome would not result in compromise but rather a total victory for Russia against the West. Socor highlights the impracticality of offering Ukraine fast-track integration into Europe "after the war," as the multidimensional nature of the conflict suggests that hostilities may persist even after a ceasefire.


Taras Kuzio's characterization of Russia as a "Schizo-fascist state" with grand ambitions to erase Ukraine and Israel "from the face of the earth" points to the historical context of Russia's expansionist tendencies. The international community is urged to revisit Putin's 2007 Munich speech, which outlined Russia's confrontational stance and was largely ignored at the time. Preventing Russia from stealing more lands is not just about the current conflict; it is about curbing a pattern of aggression that spans centuries.


The conference's sobering insights underscore the urgency of putting an end to the war in Ukraine and preventing Russia from continuing its centuries-long pattern of territorial expansion. The global community must unite against the bloc of aggressive dictatorships and work towards a comprehensive resolution that not only ends hostilities but also addresses the root causes of the conflict. The risk of World War Three should serve as a stark reminder that the time for decisive international action is now, lest we allow the war in Ukraine to persist indefinitely.



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