India, Russia Believe MilitaryAlliance Like ‘Asian NATO’ Will be Counterproductive: FM Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov concluded his two-day visit to India on Tuesday after talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar in New Delhi. The discussions were primarily focused on the Afghan peace process.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has categorically dismissed speculative media reports which suggest a possible military alliance between Moscow and Beijing in the near future. Lavrov said that India and Russia believe these kinds of military alliances are counterproductive.

“Our relations [with Beijing] are highest in the history but these relations do not pursue the goal of establishing a military alliance,” Lavrov said during a press briefing in New Delhi after talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar.

At the same time, Lavrov stated that he also heard about pro-military alliances are being promoted in the Middle East and Asia.

The term “Asian Nato” has been coined by some analysts and media to describe the Quad Security Dialogue in which India is an important member country along with the US, Japan, and Australia. The Quad is understood in its current form to be an anti-China alliance, however, it has no formal declaration of mutual collective defence like NATO.

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