The attempts of third countries to strengthen exclusive military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region while ignoring the interests of others, may lead to a serious confrontation in the region, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sputnik) — "Third countries' attempts to impose their [security] approaches, in particular by strengthening the military alliances disregarding the interests of other states, are underway. In our opinion, this may in the future lead to a major confrontation and almost all countries in the region risk being dragged into it," Antonov said at the third meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers and the bloc's dialogue partners.
He added that Russia seeks to efficiently cooperate with ASEAN, enhancing practical effect of the partnership.
On April 6, the US Defense Department announced it would locate 60 percent of its military fleet to the Pacific-Indian Ocean area, including warships fitted with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system.
China specifically objected, saying the deployment of Aegis systems in the Pacific could jeopardize its strategic deterrent.
NATO claims the systems are aimed primarily at countering threats from North Korea defending its allies in the region.
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