Head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov addressed students and professors at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. In his speech, he stressed that the modern world faced threats that were more dangerous than those during the Second World war.
“Today, the situation in the world is certainly not as bloody as the situation that developed during the Second World war, but the risks are much greater, and they are not less serious,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov attributed terrorism and drug-related crime to modern challenges. The Minister noted that every year they claim a large number of lives.
According to Lavrov, one of the main problems that are facing the entire international community is the unwillingness of the number of countries, which are led by the United States, to recognize the objective reality and the formation of a new system of international relations with new power centers. Attempts to ignore this reality and prevent the formation of relations that respectfully take into account new world balance of power, were assessed by the Foreign Minister as short-sighted and dangerous.
“The West refuses to conduct a dialogue on equal terms, does not recognize the multipolar polycentric reality and tries to maintain its dominant position by using illegitimate methods such as sanctions, direct intervention, and so on,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov stressed that Russia remained committed to the principle of a multilateral approach to solving problems, primarily within the framework of the United Nations. At the UN, Russia, together with a large group of countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, is promoting partnership aiming to defend the core principles of the organization’s Charter. This policy can be considered an irrefutable confirmation of the commitment to the principles of multilateralism.
When asked by one of the students to compare the current geopolitical situation with an another period, Lavrov drew parallels between the current events and the period of the Second World war, stating the need to unite in front of a common enemy as a unifying feature between the two eras.
“Now we also have many common enemies, against which we must unite. Therefore, if we follow the logic – humanity and the common enemy, yes, the Second World was about this situation. But now we still do not have enough awareness of the threats that confront us, ” the Minister replied.
Earlier, Russian security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev accused the West of implementation of the techniques of Reich Minister of Public Education and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. According to Patrushev, the West calls for unity against “common enemies”, including Russia. According to the official, thus the West creates conditions “for the emergence of ideas of national-state superiority.”
Today, one of the main points of confrontation is the escalated situation in Belarus. The Baltic States imposed sanctions against Belarus and banned Lukashenko and 29 other Belarusian officials from entering their territories for five years.
Sergey Lavrov also commented on the current situation, assessing Lithuania’s actions as unacceptable:
“Our Lithuanian neighbors have, in my opinion, already crossed all the boundaries of decency in the demand that they put forward. And we have reason to believe that they and Ms. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya are not using democratic methods at all, ” the Minister said. He added that these methods “do not show much” respect for the sovereignty of Belarus, since there are attempts to destabilize the situation in the Republic .
Despite the emphasis of the Lavrov’s message on the current confrontation between the collective West and the East, it is clear from the speech that the world is facing a more dangerous threat. By referring to the “common enemy” for all mankind, Russian Minister seems to imply the threats beyond the traditional agenda of the Great Game.
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