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Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a "turning point" in world history: Secretary of Defense

Canada's Chief of the Defense Staff states that Russia's invasion of Ukraine will change the course of history.

In an interview with Evan Solomon, the host of the CTV Question Period, Canadian Army defense staff General Wayne Eyre called the aggression a "long-term threat."

"On February 24th, the world has changed and what we are facing now is that history can be seen as a turning point," he said. "But it will be a world characterized by conflict-a conflict between an authoritarian state in one part and a liberal democracy in the other."

Despite Russia's brutal efforts , Ukrainian President Wolodimir Zelensky talks withworld leaders,celebritiesand evenCanadian college studentsto conduct effective communication campaigns Did. 14} To gain support for his cause.

However, Putin's meeting with leaders from China, Brazil and India said Air could settle the world in two more camps.

"Given the success of Ukraine, Russia has been humiliated, but their memories will be long," Eyre said. "So this will be with us for a while, and we must maintain our Western determination as a group of like-minded friendly nations that share common values. No. "

The impending division between these authoritarian states and liberal democracy is a threat to nuclear options, Eyre said.

"We see rhetoric we have never seen about the use of nuclear weapons, perhaps decades, if not more," he said. rice field. "As we saw in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the norms of territorial integrity are completely ignored. Again, the world may see this as a turning point and needs to be prepared."

Despite the best efforts of Ukraine and NATO, Air said the war in East Europe was not over yet.

"The war in Ukraine has evolved into one of the attrition warfare," Eyre said. "Tomorrow will not end. It will last for a long time."

Ability Canada must support.

If Canada plays a role as part of NATO to protect Ukraine, and perhaps other liberal democracy in the future, Air needs to strengthen its capabilities and stockpiles. Stated.

"After the Cold War, we took our eyes off in maintaining war inventory. Currently, the industry does not have the ability to rise rapidly," he said. "So we need to be able to do this as a team."

Canada's contribution to NATO could be in the limelight when members of the organization meet next week in Madrid. I have. Canada has so far failed to meet NATO's goal of contributing 2% of its GDP to defense spending and is currently budgeting about 1.39%. To reach NATO's goals, Canada must promise to spend billions of dollars annually.

Air refused to comment on whether Canada should move to reach its goal, but said the Canadian Army needed to be better equipped in the current threatening environment. Stated.

"I can say that the army we have now is not the army we need in the future," he said, with more ammunition, capabilities, and more in Canada. He added that more troops are needed.

Canada has supported Ukrainian troops since the first attack by Russian troops on February 24. The federal budget for April promises more than $ 500 million in military aid. The federal government says it has provided more than $ 150 million in aid, including shells, drones, and satellite imagery since then. The government also sent four cannons and several armored vehicles.

But when the federal government is sending support in the form of weapons and financial aid, Air will tell us if Canada needs to put its boots on the ground and participate in the war in the future. He said he was worried about his ability.

"Are you ready? Yes. Do you have everything you need? No," Air said. "In history, no military commander has everything they want, but there is a serious shortage that needs to be addressed in the short term."

But Canada It may lack the political will to deal with these serious shortcomings. In March, Foreign Minister Melanie Jolyy said Canada was "a medium-sized power, not a nuclear power, not a military force," during a CTV question period, ensuring that Canada's international role is "convene." Said. Diplomacy is taking place.

When asked about Jolly's comments, Eyre said he couldn't speak directly, but said that Canada's military heritage was one of the necessary interventions.

"Looking at our history and what we have accomplished in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Afghanistan ... when we need to fight Canadians Fight, and we have a tradition of following up and resting because we were able to do that, "says Eyre. "So we have to keep preparing for that worst case, and we have to keep preparing to become the country's ultimate Associated Press."

Rachel Airo And use files from the Associated Press