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UNSC: Russian Foreign Minister backs permanent seat for India

UNSC: Russian Foreign Minister backs permanent seat for India

New Delhi: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday backed India and Brazil to be permanent members of the UN Security Council.

"We are convinced that the overriding trend of the global development is the objective process of the formation of new centres of economic might, financial power and political influence and India is obviously one them," Lavrov said.

Hitting out at the US over the concept of the Indo-Pacific, Lavrov said it was initiated to disrupt the existing structure and contain China. Addressing the gathering at the Raisina Dialogue, he also said an equitable democratic order should not be influenced by use of brutal force. The new Indo-Pacific concept being pushed by the US, Japan and others is an attempt to reconfigure the existing structure, he said.

"Why do you need to call Asian Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive. Neither SCO nor BRICS is exclusionary," Lavrov

said.

"When we asked the initiators how Indo-Pacific is different from Asia Pacific, we were told it is more democratic. We don't think so. It is rather tricky. We have to be careful about the terminology which looks benign but is not," he said.

The Indo-Pacific has been a major focus area of India's foreign policy in the last few years and the country pushing for the peace and stability of the region.

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