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US Secretary of Defense slips and calls Russia "Soviet Union" |  Abroad

US Secretary of Defense slips and calls Russia “Soviet Union” | Abroad

During a speech in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin erroneously referred to Russia as the “Soviet Union”. Austin was asked how the United States planned to respond to a possible Russian occupation of the Ukrainian border. “The international community will do whatever we do. At best, we will not see an invasion of Ukraine by the Soviet Union. ”


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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. © AB

The Soviet Union was a state that emerged in the 1920s and was ruled by the Russian Communist Party. The Union collapsed in 1989 as a result of a series of historical events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union was also an enemy of the United States during the Cold War, the conflict between the capitalist and communist worlds.

Tensions between the Russian-Ukrainian border

Ukraine was also a Soviet republic at the time. The country has been independent since 1991, but tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border continue. For example, Kiev and the West now suspect that Russia is planning an invasion, which the Kremlin denies. NATO is also concerned about the large number of Russian troops stationed on the border with Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said earlier this week in a digital meeting with 29 other NATO members that they discussed ways to end the Russian occupation.

“Russia has a significant military presence on the border and we are concerned about that. We hope that Russian President Vladimir Putin will remain more transparent and work to resolve issues and concerns and to reduce temperatures in the region,” Austin said.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. © AB

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