The West is trying to militarize Southeast Asia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday the West was “militarizing” Southeast Asia to contain it Russian and Chinese interests, Which points to a confrontation between the leaders of Russia and the West at the G-20 summit planned in Bali.
Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation to the summit, the first such meeting since Russia’s military operation in Ukraine began last February, after the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin was too busy to attend.
The war in Ukraine is expected to dominate the agenda, with Western leaders likely to openly confront Russia over its military operation in Ukraine and urge countries like China and India, both of which have previously expressed war concerns, to criticize Moscow’s actions .
Speaking during a press conference concluding the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, Lavrov criticized the United States for its actions in the region, which sees Russia and the West as a potential geopolitical battleground in the coming decades.
Lavrov told reporters, “The United States and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are trying to control this space.”
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
He added US President Joe Biden’s strategy In the Indo-Pacific region, attempts are being made to circumvent the “comprehensive structures” of regional cooperation and would involve “the militarization of this region with a clear focus on controlling Chinese and Russian interests in the Asia-Pacific region”.
Biden had said so to Southeast Asian leaders Washington is committed to building “a free, open, stable, prosperous, resilient, and secure Indo-Pacific region” while defining the contours of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and the region.
ASEAN’s 10-member group does not include the United States or Russia, but a number of world leaders attended their talks ahead of next week’s G20 summit in Bali.
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