Denis Alipov. | Photo credit: The Hindu
Energy and defense ties between India and Russia are rapidly growing to “unprecedented” levels, Moscow’s ambassador to India Denis Alipov said on Friday, citing Western sanctions against Russia following the launch of its aggression against Ukraine. were Near India and Russia.
Speaking to the state-controlled news channel Russia Today, days before the first anniversary of the start of Russia’s war with Ukraine, the veteran diplomat called for an end to what he called US “hegemony”. that the Western world order was becoming increasingly unattractive to many developing countries who were instead looking to the Global South and the East Asian region.
“India is a fast-rising power and will play an ever-larger role in world affairs. It is a respected nation and recognized for responsible and independent policies. It is natural, as necessary for sustainable and successful development. Pursuing justice in international affairs to ensure the Global South’s access to financial and technological resources,” Mr. Alipov said.
‘Key to Non-American Grouping’
Stressing that the future of the developing world lies in the “Greater Eurasian Partnership” backed by the Kremlin under Russian President Vladimir Putin, he argued in favor of a free trade agreement that would include India, Iran And can connect Russia. Mr. Alipov supported BRICS — a grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as groups that could deliver development goals for their member states. are
“Cooperation under BRICS and SCO is based on an equal and mutually beneficial partnership, as well as a common desire for democracy in global affairs, the central role of the United Nations and international law,” Mr. Alipov said. He described a major principled difference between Moscow and Washington DC, rejecting some defining features of Western-led global initiatives.
Mr. Alipov argued that “we do not accept the neo-colonial policy promoted by Western countries to hide their desire to retain a decisive say in world affairs, which is a clever idea, I admit. Should,” argued Mr. Alipov. .
Criticizing the quad
Questioning the idea of a “rules-based order”, the Russian ambassador also targeted an important pillar of the Quad initiative where India is partnered with Japan, Australia and the US, mentioning the Quad, Mr. Alipov explained that non-Western countries were being recruited “to participate in the formulation of these laws.”
America’s hegemony must end. This concept is becoming more and more attractive to many countries and explains their desire to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS. The expansion of these organizations is only a matter of time.
Mr. Alipov was appointed as Moscow’s envoy to Delhi after Mr. Putin launched a so-called “special military operation” against Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Since then, he has repeatedly pushed the Kremlin’s point of view.