Russia’s military chief on Thursday called the joint naval drills between Russian and Chinese warships a response to increasingly aggressive US military action in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This cooperation is a natural response to the active construction of US military potential in the region… The exercises that we are conducting are in strict compliance with international law,” he said. Valery Gerasimov said at a press conference.
Russia announced it is sending a number of warships to participate in exercises from December 21 to 27 off the coast of China to strengthen naval cooperation.
“The purpose of these events is to strengthen the combat readiness of the armies and forces of the two countries as well as the ability to resist new challenges and threats,” Gerasimov said at a briefing. with foreign military representatives.
The defense ministry said the drills will include live-fire drills with missiles and artillery, and practice countermeasures against submarines.
“We will not create any new alliances and dividing lines in the region, like Washington did,” Gerasimov added on Thursday.
China and Russia have drawn closer together in recent years as part of what they call an “unlimited” relationship that serves as a counterweight to US global dominance.
Former Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev earlier this week traveled to China to meet with President Xi Jinping for talks that Medvedev said include international security and the conflict in Ukraine.
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