In an interview with Russia’s Argumenty i Fakty newspaper, Patrushev described the QUAD alliance, consisting of the US, India, Australia and Japan, as the “prototype of NATO Asia.”
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“Washington will try to involve other countries in this organization, especially to pursue anti-China and anti-Russian policies,” Patrushev said.
“A little while ago, a new military bloc was formed in the region, AUKUS US-UK-Australia, which pursues the same goal. Remarkably, the Americans blackmailed their French partner, clinching a lucrative deal for the construction of a nuclear submarine for Canberra. Apparently, Atlantic solidarity has a price,” Patrushev added.
“In order to realize another White House effort, to strengthen control over the promising Asia-Pacific region, the entire security architecture in Asia is exposed to danger and prerequisites are being made to undermine the prestige of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other regional associations,” said the head of Russia’s security council. it’s as quoted from Sputnik, Tuesday (21/9/2021).
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Speaking about Afghanistan, Nikolai Patrushev warned that the failure of US policy in Afghanistan is creating the conditions for a new migration crisis that could be deeper than the one in 2015.
“After the US failure in Afghanistan, conditions are being formed for a new migration crisis, even more severe than in 2015. At that time, the Mediterranean saw a huge influx of refugees from Middle Eastern and North African countries, crushed by America and Europe, that figure still can’t be counted,” said Patrushev.