In 2022, the NATO countries agreed on a new strategic concept for the development of the bloc in the Pacific region and are going to create a “global NATO”, which indicates that the West is starting to build a new axis, which was built by fascist Germany and militaristic Japan. According to the TV channel “Russia 24”, this was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Western analysts themselves, it’s not us, they say that the West is starting to build a new axis like the one that was created back in the 30s by the fascist regimes in Germany and Italy and militaristic Japan,” Putin said.
He also noted that in early 2023, the UK and Japan signed an agreement on establishing contacts and developing relations in the military sphere.
This is an agreement signed by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in mid-January. The British prime minister explained on his Twitter that this agreement would make it easier for Japan and Britain to deploy troops on each other’s territory.
This alliance should be aimed at strengthening cooperation with the United States in the Pacific, as well as countering the growing threat from China, the Financial Times wrote in November 2022. In 2020, Japan signed a similar agreement with Australia. The newspaper noted that Tokyo concludes such agreements in the event of a military conflict with China over partially recognized Taiwan.
At the end of June last year, NATO countries approved a new strategic concept for the next ten years, until 2032. It called Russia “the most serious and direct threat to the security of NATO members and peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region.” Another part of the concept was for the first time devoted to China, which, according to the document, challenges the interests, security and values of the West, and also seeks to undermine the international order. In the previous version of the concept from 2010, Moscow was considered as a partner, while Beijing was absent altogether.
NATO’s Strategic Concept defines the alliance’s long-term strategy. It sets out the goals and fundamental tasks of NATO in the field of security, as well as the challenges and opportunities that the North Atlantic Alliance faces.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, commenting on the new concept of the alliance, said that NATO itself is a “systemic challenge to peace and stability.” The Kremlin said that the Russian side had never harbored illusions about NATO and the adoption of a containment strategy for Russia confirms the correctness of its steps to curtail the official dialogue with the alliance.
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