In his address to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the Russian foreign minister advocated imposing dialogue on the Korean crisis because "military hysteria only leads to a dead end."
In his speech to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the headquarters of the agency in New York, Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has exposed this Thursday what is Russia's vision for the challenges facing the planet, and has criticized Washington's position in the face of the crisis in North Korea and in relation to Venezuela.
"Sovereignty, rejection of intervention in internal affairs [of other nations], equality of peoples and mutual respect: Russia has always adhered to these principles when it comes to participating in international issues," said the Russian Foreign Minister.
"Our country has honestly followed the path of liquidation of the Cold War legacy and has done much to improve mutual trust and understanding in the Euro-Atlantic area and in the world at large," Lavrov said. "However, It has not found a reciprocal response on the part of the Western partners, drunk on the illusion of the arrival of the 'end of history' and who still try to adjust the rudimentary institutions [of that time] to the current reality.”
"NATO tries to recreate the Cold War climate and refuses to realize the principle of mutual and indivisible security, solemnly established in the 1990s, in the space of the OSCE," the Russian minister lamented.
"The policies of the West are based on the principle of 'who is not with us, is against us'
Lavrov has also criticized "the policies of the West based on the principle of 'who is not with us, is against us”, who manifest - in his opinion - in the expansion of the Atlantic Alliance to the east. In this sense, NATO has also caused "instability" in countries that were part of the USSR and "has promoted anti-Russian spirit," said the head of Russian diplomacy.
The Russian chancellor has also criticized the "illegitimate" application of "unilateral sanctions" by certain Western countries. In this sense, he has referred to the restrictions imposed by the United States to Iran and Cuba. In the latter case, "almost all UN member states have called for the immediate lifting [of the blockade imposed by Washington against Havana] for several decades," he recalled.
"It is unacceptable to instigate riots and launch threats of military intervention in order to 'democratize' Venezuela, as are actions aimed at undermining the legitimate authorities of any country." Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
Moscow's attitude towards US actions against Venezuela and North Korea
Although Russia "decisively" condemns North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, the intensification of "military hysteria is not only a dead end but a ruinous road." In this regard, Sergey Lavrov has called to "stop blocking" UN Security Council resolutions that require a dialogue and has ensured that there is no alternative to dialogue in the North Korean nuclear program. He also called on members of the international community to support the Russian-Chinese 'roadmap' explained in a joint statement released on July 4.
The Russian chancellor also stressed that it is "unacceptable to instigate riots and launch threats of military intervention in order to 'democratize' Venezuela, as are actions aimed at undermining the legitimate authorities of any country." In any internal conflict, the international community has to urge both parties to a national reconciliation and commitment, he stressed.