Moscow has joined Beijing in hitting out at a brand new army pact between the US, UK and Australia, saying that the move places the West on a collision course with China and will result in a pointy escalation in worldwide tensions.
Speaking to RIA Novosti on Friday, Nikolay Nozdrev, the director of the Third Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, stated that the brand new pact between the three nations, often known as AUKUS, might spur nations all over the world to increase their army stockpiles and exacerbate regional disputes.
“It is already public knowledge that the purchase of American ‘Tomahawk’ sea-based cruise missiles by the Australians, agreements on the deployment of US Air Force jets, expansion of other forms of bilateral military cooperation, and the possibility of using Australian bases by British nuclear submarines are being discussed,” Nozdrev stated.
“All of this can’t help but raise serious concerns about the impact of AUKUS on regional stability and security, the tangible risks of unleashing an arms race… and the continued effectiveness of the nuclear non-proliferation regime,” he added.
As a part of the AUKUS settlement, Australia will be capable of use US know-how to construct its first nuclear-powered submarines, set to patrol the waters of the Pacific. The area has seen an rising variety of standoffs between American and Chinese sailors in recent times.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the brand new safety pact, arguing that it’s flawed when nations staff up in opposition to different nations. “The creation of some blocs, including the one you mentioned, with the US, UK, and Australia, undoubtedly undermines regional stability, because, in my opinion, it is good to be friends with each other – but to be friends against someone is bad. It undermines the stability that we all talk about and we all care about,” he stated.
Beijing instantly condemned the alliance, with Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian labelling it as a “highly irresponsible act,” and the nation’s embassy in Moscow stated that it was a show of a “Cold War mentality.”
“The US, the UK and Australia’s cooperation over nuclear submarines severely damages regional peace and stability, intensifies the arms race, and jeopardizes the international efforts in promoting the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons… the US and UK’s action of exporting highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology once again proves that they are using atomic exports as a tool for geopolitical games and guilty of double standards,” Lijian added.
It is not only Russia and China which have expressed their dissatisfaction with the pact. France, which misplaced its take care of Australia to construct a dozen submarines underneath the phrases of the settlement, has stated that it felt betrayed by Australia’s choice. “It’s really a stab in the back,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed.
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