Amid rising global tensions, the specter of nuclear escalation was brought into sharp focus at the Xiangshan Security Forum in Beijing.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu utilized the platform to castigate the US and NATO for their actions, which, according to him, continue to threaten Russia's security and challenge its resilience.
He argued that the unfolding conflict in Ukraine instigated by Russia is being exacerbated by Western powers, extending it to the Asia-Pacific region under the guise of fostering dialogue.
This is reported by Newsweek.
Shoigu's statements were laden with accusations, attributing the ongoing military buildup by NATO countries in the region to a purported attempt to strategically undermine Russia.
He portrayed the support extended to Ukraine by the West as a clear indication of its desire to subdue Russia. This narrative aligns with the Kremlin's depiction of the conflict as a proxy battle against the West, a stance that has been accentuated by the condemnation and sanctions Moscow faces globally.
Although the narrative of a nuclear threat has been downplayed by several experts, Shoigu reiterated Russia's nuclear prowess and hinted at the dire consequences awaiting if the conflict escalates to a nuclear showdown. His sentiments reflect a growing concern within Russian ranks about the persistent antagonism from the West, which is perceived as a precursor to a catastrophic military confrontation between nuclear-armed states.
Simultaneously, Shoigu's visit to Beijing provided an avenue for Russia to foster its relations with China.