Russia stands for a peaceful and responsible foreign policy, consistently advocating the achievement of broad agreements on peaceful and pragmatic cooperation between states, according to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published on the Ministry’s official website.
Lavrov drew attention to the fact that “over the past year and a half, the epidemiological situation has affected all spheres of human activity, without exception, including international life”.
“First of all, it hastened the redistribution of forces in the world arena. Additionally, the profile of non-Western centres of economic growth and political influence has increased within the framework of the emerging multipolar world order,” he explained.
The Minister noted that not everyone is satisfied with such a development of events.
“Not wanting to recognize the new reality, the historical West is striving with all its might, and often in rough ways, to retain its leadership in world affairs. Under the new US administration, the ideas of the widespread dissemination of “democracy” and “liberal values” have been revived. The concept of “order based on the rules,” in fact, a new formula for building a unipolar, American-centric world,” the Minister added.
Lavrov stressed that this kind of confrontational, selfish behaviour, which has nothing to do with the principles of normal international communication, is “fundamentally alien to Russia”.
“For its part, Russia has consistently advocated the achievement of broad agreements on peaceful and pragmatic cooperation between states, on the basis of universally recognized norms of international law with the central coordinating role of the UN and its Security Council,” Lavrov said.
The Minister noted that the strategic goal of Russian diplomacy is to ensure favourable external conditions for the dynamic development of the country and increase the well-being of Russians, protect the sovereignty and national interests of the country, and ensure its security from external challenges and threats.
“At the same time, our partnership principles remain unchanged. Russia continues to pursue a peaceful, responsible, multi-vector foreign policy. In our actions, we rely on a rational, objective analysis of the situation in the world. Based on this, we develop mutually beneficial equal cooperation with most foreign countries and are open to dialogue with everyone who shows a counter interest,” the Minister stressed.