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Back In The USSR? Pentagon Chief Slips Up On Russia Reference

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Lloyd Austin was speaking at a press conference in Seoul.

Seoul, South Korea:

U.S. Defense Chief Lloyd Austin expressed concern Thursday about the military strengthening of Moscow on its border with Ukraine, but accidentally called Russia the Soviet Union – Washington’s old enemy during the Cold War that s ‘collapsed three decades ago.

Austin was speaking at a press conference in Seoul where he was asked whether Russia was assembling troops along its border with Ukraine, fearing a possible invasion.

Russia has a substantial amount of forces in the border region, and we remain concerned about that,” Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said.

“The best case scenario however is that we will not see an incursion of the Soviet Union into Ukraine,” he added, accidentally using the name of the country which disintegrated in 1991 into republics including Russia and the United Kingdom. ‘Ukraine.

“And so we hope that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin would be much more transparent and that we would work to resolve the issues and concerns, and lower the temperature in the region.”

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet bloc was the defining conflict of the post-WWII era – until the latter collapsed.

He has seen a huge build-up of weapons – including atomic weapons – on both sides as well as proxy conflicts, with the fear of nuclear war swirling for decades.

The end of the Soviet Union ushered in a new era in Washington-Moscow relations, but Putin’s rise in this century has coincided with tensions unprecedented since the Cold War.

The top US and Russian diplomats are due to meet in Sweden on Thursday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said ahead of the talks that he was “deeply concerned” about the Russian strengthening.

Moscow, accused of supporting separatists fighting Kiev, has denied planning an attack and accused NATO of stoking tensions.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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