Moscow sees attempts to destabilize the geopolitical situation in Asia by military and narrow-format political structures that hinder interstate cooperation in the region, according to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.
“Unfortunately, the geopolitical situation in the region is not getting easier, holding back its transition to the coordinate system of comprehensive multilateral cooperation and integration. We see purposeful attempts to “warm up” the situation, to undermine the existing mechanisms of interstate cooperation,” Lavrov stated.
According to the Minister, the contribution to the destabilization of the situation in Asia is made by “military blocs working in the logic of the ‘Cold War’ and the policy of containment”.
The diplomat noted that after its withdrawal from Afghanistan, NATO seeks to redeploy forces to Central, South, and Southeast Asia and to direct flows of Afghan refugees there.
“The alliance is evading the question of NATO’s responsibility for the consequences of its 20-year experiments. The international community, first and foremost Afghanistan’s neighbours, are offered to solve the problems,” Lavrov said.
He also stressed that weapons left in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO troops must not be used for destructive purposes, reiterating that the Taliban should fulfil their promise to prevent instability in the country.