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Lavrov cautions against unilateral actions in global politics

December 04, 2018, 18:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Nowadays more than ever before the world sees the deficit of constructive approaches, Russia's top diplomat believes

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Attempts to replace the universal formats in global politics with sanctions and blackmail jeopardize the future of the humankind, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told participants in the Dialogue in the Name of the Future project of Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund on Tuesday.

"Nowadays more than ever before the world sees the deficit of constructive approaches, positions aimed at shaping shared vision not only of the conflict situations that necessitate solutions and settlement," but also "shared vision of where the world is going and what are the methods it will be regulated by, the foreign minister said.

"The problems are acquiring a global nature, interrelation is evident, and there is no hiding from such risks as terrorism, threat of the circulation of weapons of mass destruction , risks for the global trade system," he went on to say. "Attempts to abandon universal formats that generate consensus and replace the universal formats with unilateral moves, blackmail, sanctions, extraterritorial employment of national legislation are in fact ruinous for the mankind and propagate confrontation," Lavrov added.

"Maybe up-to-the-minute tasks will be solved through these attempts - to raise GDP, create new jobs, improve the trade balance. But in the long term this will have a very negative effect," Lavrov said. He blasted attempts to "behave the way that will be ruinous for the future, including for those who undertake such moves to make their lives better today".

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