The top Russian diplomat says the West is looking for ways to anger China over numerous issues, including Taiwan and Tibet.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has praised the joint military exercises between Moscow and Beijing as a move that strengthens the pair’s new strategic partnership.
Addressing reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, Lavrov also accused the West of seeking ways to anger China over numerous issues, such as the status of Tibet and Taiwan.
He said China was too powerful for the United States to stand against alone, so Washington was forced to “mobilize” the West to support its anti-Beijing agenda.
As the war rages in Ukraine, China and Russia have cast aside decades of mutual mistrust and intensified military exercises to align their foreign policies.
They signed a “no limits” partnership last February, days before Moscow sent its forces to Ukraine, and their economic ties have grown sharply as Russia’s ties with the West have shrunk.
Beijing, however, is cautious.
President Vladimir Putin has publicly acknowledged that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, has “concern” about Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Lavrov warned that Russia’s confrontation with the West over Ukraine was part of a global policy shift that will develop over a long period of time.
“The process of forming a multipolar world order will take a long time; it will take an era,” he said. “And we’re in the middle of that process right now.”
He cited Western attempts to hinder increasing cooperation between Russia and China, claiming they would fail.
Russia’s relations with the West “will never be the same,” he said, accusing the West of failing to honor the agreements it signed with Moscow.
“Never again will there be a situation where you lie, sign documents and then refuse to execute them,” he said.
Last month, the Chinese and Russian navies held joint exercises in the East China Sea.
According to China’s Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, the exercises were designed to demonstrate “the determination and ability of the two sides to jointly respond to maritime security threats”.
Meanwhile, Russia and China would also “share a toolkit” of approaches and strategies to undermine NATO, according to Julianne Smith, US ambassador to NATO.
“The two are increasingly sharing a toolkit that should relate to the NATO alliance,” Smith told the Financial Times in an article published in December.
“There is no doubt that the [People’s Republic of China] and Russia are both working to divide… the transatlantic partners. And we’re very aware of it now, we all have a deeper appreciation for those efforts and intend to address them,” Smith said in an interview.
NATO first listed China as one of its strategic challenges in June, saying Beijing’s ambitions and “coercive policies” undermined the “interests, security and values” of the Western military bloc.
Lavrov compares West’s approach to Hitler’s ‘final solution’
Elsewhere in his speech on Wednesday, Lavrov said the US had put together a coalition of European countries to solve “the Russian question” with Ukraine as its plenipotentiary, in the same way that Adolf Hitler had sought a “final solution” to expel Europe’s Jews. to row.
“Just as Hitler wanted a ‘final solution’ to the Jewish question, now, if you read Western politicians…they clearly say that Russia must suffer a strategic defeat,” he said.
Al Jazeera’s Ali Hashem, reporting from Moscow, said Lavrov’s press conference was an attempt to contextualize the war into the “Russian-Western confrontation.”