Russia slams US, says Indo-Pacific concept initiated to contain China
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also backed India and Brazil to be permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Russia has slammed the US over the concept of the Indo-Pacific, saying that the idea is being pushed by Washington, Japan and others in an attempt to disrupt the existing structure and contain China.
Addressing a gathering at the Raisina Dialogue on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that an equitable democratic order should not be influenced by use of brutal force.
The minister also backed India and Brazil to be permanent members of the UN Security Council.
"Why do you need to call Asian Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident -- to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive. Neither SCO nor BRICS is exclusionary," Lavrov said.
"When we asked the initiators how Indo-Pacific is different from Asia Pacific, we were told it is more democratic. We don't think so. It is rather tricky. We have to be careful about the terminology which looks benign but is not," he added.
The Indo-Pacific has been a major focus area of India's foreign policy in the last few years.