Lavrov praises Moscow-Beijing relations and accuses the US of provocations.
Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, has praised Moscow and Beijing's combined military exercises as a step toward solidifying their newly formed strategic alliance.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Moscow, Lavrov also charged that the West was looking for opportunities to enrage China on a variety of topics, including the status of Tibet and Taiwan.
He claimed that because China is far more strong than the United States, Washington is compelled to "mobilise" the West to support its anti-Beijing agenda.
China and Russia have put aside decades of mutual mistrust and increased military drills to synchronize their foreign policy as the conflict in Ukraine rages.
Days before Moscow pushed its armed forces into Ukraine, they agreed to a "no limits" relationship, and their commercial ties have grown as Russia's ties to the West have deteriorated.
Beijing is being cautious, though.
President Vladimir Putin has recognized in the open that Xi Jinping, the leader of China, has "concerns" about Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Lavrov cautioned that the conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine was a component of a long-term shift in global politics.
He stated that it would take an epoch for a multipolar world order to be established. And that procedure is currently in progress.
He mentioned Western attempts to obstruct the growing cooperation between Russia and China and insisted that they would fail.
He declared that Russia's relations with the West "would never be the same" and accused the West of disobeying agreements that it had struck with Moscow.
Never again, he promised, would someone lie, sign documents, and then refuse to fulfill them.
Chinese and Russian navies collaborated on drills in the East China Sea last month.
The exercises were intended to display "the determination and capabilities of the two sides to cooperate respond to maritime security threats," according to China's Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army.
According to Julianne Smith, the US ambassador to NATO, Russia and China are also alleged to be "sharing a toolkit" of tactics and techniques to undermine NATO.
These two are increasingly sharing a toolset, which should worry the NATO alliance, Smith opined in a December essay for the Financial Times.
"There is no doubt that the transatlantic allies are being split apart by both the [People's Republic of China] and Russia. In an interview, Smith remarked, "And we are now extremely aware, we all have a deeper respect of those efforts, and we are set on addressing them.
For the first time, NATO named China as one of its strategic concerns in June, claiming that Beijing's aspirations and "coercive policies" threatened the "interests, security, and values" of the Western military alliance.
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