West is engaging India in anti-China games, says Russia1 min read . Updated: 10 Dec 2020, 08:40 AM IST
- Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov also blamed the western nations for trying to undermine Russia’s relations with India
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov launched a broadside against western countries, accusing them of adopting an “aggressive and devious" policy to engage India “in anti-China games by promoting Indo-Pacific strategies".
Lavrov also blamed western nations of trying to undermine Russia’s close partnership and privileged relations with India.
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The remarks at the general meeting of the state-run think tank Russian International Affairs Council on Tuesday reflected Moscow’s suspicion of the Indo-Pacific concept, which Lavrov has made public several times.
The Russian foreign minister’s comments come amid tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Russia has reportedly been playing a behind-the-scenes role pushing India and China to resolve the border standoff.
Lavrov criticized western nations for their “notorious concept" of a rules-based order and the use of sanctions for alleged chemical and cyber-hacking violations. Such punitive actions were taken without the involvement of global bodies under the UN, Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister also criticized western countries for presenting their views and initiatives to the world as the “only correct ones". Russia is convinced it was better to work within global organisations despite existing differences, he said.
The western nations were also trying to restore the unipolar world order but poles such as “Russia and China are unlikely to be subordinate to it", he warned.
“However, India is currently an object of the western countries’ persistent, aggressive and devious policy as they are trying to engage it in anti-China games by promoting Indo-Pacific strategies and the so-called Quad, while at the same time the West is attempting to undermine our close partnership and privileged relations with India," Lavrov said. The “very tough pressure" from the US on India in the missile technology control area was aimed at this, he said in a possible pointer towards the US threat of imposing sanctions on India under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for the more than $5 billion deal with Russia for S-400 air defence systems.
India, which greenlighted Australia’s participation in the Malabar naval exercises this year that involve the US, India and Japan, did not immediately respond to Lavrov’s remarks.
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