Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States and NATO of seeking to build a new global "axis" which he said bore some resemblance to the World War II alliance between Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, and imperial Japan.
Speaking on state television on Sunday, Putin also criticized the US for its double standards and its own action in forming several military alliances.
“What about the United States? They are forming an increasing number of alliances. And this provides justification for Western analysts, Western political scientists, to claim that the West is constructing new axes,” Putin said.
“NATO agreed on a new strategic concept for the alliance's development last year. It expressly states that NATO will develop relations with countries in the Asia-Pacific region,” he added.
“And it expressly mentions those countries, such as New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea. This is the first installment. And, yes, they announce the formation of a global NATO. So, what exactly is it?” the president asked.
“It is all about making contacts and developing relationships in the military sphere. This is why, according to western analysts, not us, the west is beginning to build a new axis similar to the one established in the 1930s by fascist regimes in Germany, Italy, and militaristic Japan," he explained.
Days after hosting Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Putin also revealed that Russia and China are not creating a military alliance and the cooperation between their armed forces is "transparent".
"We are not creating any military alliance with China," Putin said, adding that "we have cooperation in the sphere of military-technical interaction. We are not hiding this... Everything is transparent, there is nothing secret."
Recently, the US expressed that it fears China could arm Russia, but China denied the accusations straightaway.
"For decades many have desired turning China against the Soviet Union and Russia, and vice versa," he said.
"We understand the world we live in. We really value our mutual relations and the level they have reached in recent years," the Russian President added.
Putin held on to his stance in Ukraine to be defensive in nature, against the aggressive West.
The US-led NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had recently paid a visit to Japan and South Korea, where he stressed the Atlantic alliance working closely with partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
He also urged the nations to support Ukraine with more military support and also spoke about the rising tensions between the West and China.
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