Mumbai: Russia on Wednesday underlined its stand that India should be a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “We believe India should be a permanent member of the UN Security Council… India and Brazil should absolutely be at the United Nations Security Council. Developing countries should be given adequate representation there.”
Lavrov alleged that the new Indo-Pacific concept was being pushed by the US, Japan and others in an attempt to reconfigure the existing framework.
“Why do you need to call the Asian-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? You know the answer. The answer includes China, which has not even been hidden. Indian friends understand this danger and not join it. Are smart enough. ” he said.
Lavrov also said that neither the G-20 nor the G-7 should decide on matters important to the BRICS. “There should be no effort to involve anyone; we support India’s position.”
Lavrov said, “When people say that we want to develop cooperation in the Asian-Pacific as Indo-Pacific strategies, you immediately ask – do you include African countries? The Persian Gulf? No.” Do you include all those who are? Known as part of the Asian-Pacific region? Yes, it is not that we are against philosophical terminology, but it should be understood. We are Asia- Says Rshant area, due – Indian Ocean conditions.”
The Raisina Dialogue, a three-day conclave, brings 700 participants, 40 per cent of whom are women. The Indo-Pacific has been the focal point of India’s foreign policy as New Delhi is battling for peace, stability and freedom of action in the region.