Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Western countries of being involved in Russia’s close partnership with India and trying to undermine special relations. Lavrov said this while addressing a meeting of the government-run think tank ‘Russian International Affairs Council’ on Tuesday via video link. He said that Western countries want to restore the unipolar world order, which will be all countries but they will deal with Russia and China later.
The Russian Foreign Ministry quoted him as saying, ‘Poles like Russia and China are unlikely to be under it. However, India is still an object of the continuing, aggressive and devious policy of Western countries as they want to include it in the anti-China game by promoting Indo-Pacific strategies, the so-called ‘quad’.
In 2017, the US, Japan, India and Australia embodied the long overdue proposal of the Quad. This quadrilateral alliance is designed to counter China’s aggressive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region. However, the US maintains that the Quad is not an alliance but a group of countries that are governed by shared interests and values and are interested in strengthening the rule-based system in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.
Lavrov said, “At the moment Western countries are trying to weaken our close partnership and special relations with India. America’s goal is to put a lot of pressure on New Delhi in the field of military and technical cooperation (with Russia). He said that in 2018, India and Russia had announced that they had made their strategic partnership to the point of a special strategic partnership.
In October 2018, India signed a five billion dollar deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defense missile system. India stepped in, not caring for the Trump administration’s warning of a US ban. Lavrov said that the US-led Western countries have started a game, rejecting attempts to create a multi-polar world order.