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NATO Dragging India into anti-Russian, anti-Chinese Alliances, Says Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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Last Updated: December 02, 2022, 14:01 IST

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Sergey Lavrov said Russia and China are conducting military operation together because Moscow sees risks due to NATO’s bid to influence issues in the Indo-Pacific region (Image: Reuters)

Sergey Lavrov said Russia and China are conducting military operation together because Moscow sees risks due to NATO’s bid to influence issues in the Indo-Pacific region (Image: Reuters)

Lavrov accuses NATO of fanning tensions in the South China Sea in ways similar to how they allegedly did in Ukraine which led to current conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused NATO of whipping up tensions near China in a way that posed risks for Russia.

“The South China Sea is now becoming one of those regions where NATO is not averse, as they once did in Ukraine, to escalating tensions," Lavrov told a news conference.

“We know how seriously China takes such provocations, not to mention Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, and we understand that NATO’s playing with fire in these regions carries threats and risks for the Russian Federation. It is as close to our shores and to our seas as Chinese territory," he said.

Lavrov said that was why Russia was developing military cooperation with China and conducting joint exercises.

“The fact that NATO members under the leadership of the United States are trying to create an explosive situation there, in the wake of Europe, is well understood by everyone," he said.

Lavrov did not provide evidence to back his assertions, but alluded to the formation of the AUKUS alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia.

He also accused NATO of trying to drag India into what he called an anti-Russian and anti-Chinese alliance at a time when he said the West was attempting to squeeze out Russian influence.

When asked about Lavrov’s remarks, India’s U.N. Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said: “We are a country that stands tall and proud and stands tall and proud on its own."

“In the course of the conflict in Ukraine, we have been very clear and consistent right from the outset - we have spoken in one voice that we are for peace. Peace is also a side," she also told reporters in New York.

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first published:December 02, 2022, 14:01 IST
last updated:December 02, 2022, 14:01 IST
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