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MEA Counters Russia’s Backlash, Says India’s Definition On Indo-pacific Is ‘not Ambiguous’

A day after Russia claimed that the Indo-Pacific initiative was targeted at containing China’s influence in the region, the US and India said the concept was not aimed at excluding any country and was a “principled vision”.

US Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger, during a panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue here, slammed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for saying that the Indo-Pacific initiative was aimed at disrupting the existing regional structures and said it was a community of countries that respected the rule of law and stood up for freedom of navigation in the seas and skies.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, who was also part of the panel, said he agreed with Pottinger’s views that Indo-Pacific was a principled vision and Asia Pacific was a colonial concept.

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