Pushing alliances like AUKUS and NATO into the region will cause confrontation, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. © Sputnik/Murad Orujov
The West’s expansion of its military presence in Asia risks causing a prolonged conflict because people in the region will not accept such a diktat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
By pushing “bloc structures, such as AUKUS” and NATO infrastructure into Asia, Western leaders are making “a serious bid for a confrontation lasting for long, long years,” he told a gathering in Moscow on Tuesday.
“I cannot imagine the great Asian civilizations toeing the line the way the EU unfortunately did, and obediently delivering Washington’s agenda,” Lavrov explained.
AUKUS – a military alliance comprising the UK, US and Australia – was touted as a mechanism to counter China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region when it was founded in 2021.