The world needs to support “bullying” and “dictatorship”: Australian Defense Minister

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said the buildup of Russian tanks and troops along the Ukrainian border encouraged “bullies and other dictatorships” to do the same. It warns that if it does occur, it could kill thousands.

Foreign Minister Dutton and Marise Payne met with British Defense Minister Ben Wallace at AUKMIN’s meeting focusing on cooperation, security and technical cooperation amid heightened geopolitical tensions from Beijing in East Europe and the Indo-Pacific. He is in talks with Foreign Minister Liz Truss.

Regarding the sunrise at Seven, Mr. Dutton said the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine affected the whole world.

“When we see Russia behave like them, it encourages other bullies and other dictatorships to do the same, especially without opposition from other parts of the world.” Mr Dutton added that European leaders were acting to counter Russia.

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Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton will speak at a press conference in Washington on September 16, 2021. (Via Andrew Harnick / Pool / AFP, Getty Images)

Dutton said the UK is working with NATO and the European Community. “Thousands of people will die, because not everyone wants to win. Therefore, the buildup of Russian troops is of great concern,” he said.

Ukraine is reportedly asking Australia to help protect itself from Russia’s cyberattacks. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Satellite images show equipment deployed at the Klimovo depot in Klimovo, Russia, on January 19, 2022. (© 2022 Maxar Technologies / Handout via Reuters)

On Wednesday, Australia’s Foreign Minister announced that the country had agreed on a cyber and critical technology partnership with the United Kingdom. This will strengthen cooperation between the two countries to tackle “malicious” cyber actors.

“Australia is working with partners such as the United Kingdom to challenge malicious actors who use technology to undermine freedom and democracy,” says Payne. In release..

“We will work with our allies to maintain an open, free, peaceful, secure, international law-compliant and Internet environment that maximizes opportunities for economic growth.”

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Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne spoke at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2021, at a press conference with Defense Minister Peter Dutton, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Secretary of State Lloyd Austin. (POOL / AFP via Andrew Harnik / Getty Images)

According to the release, one of the first initiatives of the new partnership is to deter malicious cyber activities by raising the cost of “hostile state activity in cyberspace” through strategic coordination of cyber sanctions regimes. Is to increase.

That’s because Australia continues to strengthen its security ties with like-minded nations in the face of growing threats from China in the Indo-Pacific and continued fears of invading Taiwan.

Among those efforts is the AUKUS Security Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, which will share nuclear submarine technology with Australia.

Dutton said the United Kingdom and the United States are Australia’s “most important friends in the world.”

“If we can get strong friends, I think we can discourage bullies and people who may try to harm our country in the future,” he says. I did. “As we know, Britain is a family and they are reliable partners. We have fought with them for generations. And our country is today. I think it will be most useful to deepen the relationship. “

Caden Pearson


Caden Pearson is an Australian-based reporter with a background in screenwriting and documentary. Contact him at [email protected]