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Russian envoy to US blasts 'unproductive' coalition against China

Antonov calls Quad's Indo-Pacific strategy opaque and touts India ties

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam prepares to come alongside the Indian oiler INS Shakti during an underway replenishment exercise during the Malabar exercise in June 2018. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON -- American efforts to build a multinational coalition to restrain China are "counterproductive" and threaten global security and stability, Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., told Nikkei.

"Russia, for its part, will never participate in coalitions against third countries, including China," the ambassador said in a written interview.

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