Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the West is trying to use the Okos alliance to advance NATO interests in the Indo-Pacific region.
“There is a tendency to use (Okos) to advance NATO interests in the Indo-Pacific region. In fact, NATO members do not hide this,” Lavrov said at a press conference in the Vietnamese capital Phnom Penh.
The head of Russian diplomacy noted that “military moods that appear in modern Japan are actively used in this work.”
He further noted that “Japan, New Zealand and Australia are attracted by activities that include the expansion of NATO infrastructure in the region in which we are present and the establishment of supply chains there to meet the needs of NATO military activities.”
In mid-September 2021, Australia entered into a defense and security agreement with the UK and the US under the new Ocos partnership.
Source: RIA Novosti