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Lavrov: Putin in speech at UN to touch upon Ukrainian crisis, situation in Syria

September 13, 2015, 15:46 UTC+3 PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY
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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, September 13. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in his speech at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly will present Russia’s position on most important problems of the modern world, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a weekly review programme on the First Channel on Sunday.

"The trip of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to the session of the UN General Assembly first of all is explained by the fact the session is not a routine one, it is a jubilee session," the foreign minister said. "The Russian president always has what to say on issues of foreign policies. This year, at the jubilee session, Vladimir Putin will present our positions on most important problems of the modern world."

"Those are first of all the systematic problems, emerging in connection with the attempts to restrain the objective process of formatting of a new multi-polar world order, which could reflect the objective formation of new centres for economic, financial might and for political influence," Lavrov said. "From this come the topics we all know: fighting terrorism, which should be free of double standards, terrorists cannot be divided into good and bad, it is useless to suppose it may be possible to cooperate with some of those "bad" extremists in order to achieve some narrow geo-political objectives. Besides, there is the problem of unilateral means of coercion, and not only against the Russian Federation."

Now, the "Western counterparts, first of all under the influence of the American psychology, are losing the culture of dialogues and diplomatic settlement."

"The Iranian nuclear programme was an outstanding and extremely rare exception," Lavrov said adding in most cases in the conflicts, which continue to emerge in the Middle East and Northern Africa, they "are trying to use measures of force direct interference, like it was in Iraq and Libya, thus violating decisions of the UN Security Council, or to use sanctions."

"They launch some political process on the domestic settlement, be that in Yemen or South Sudan, and try to stimulate it from the outside and impose in either case or in similar situations. This approach, if it were more firmly based on agreements of the parties, not only on advice from outside, could be more viable."

"As soon as such a system begins "slipping," which is inevitable in cases of imposed solutions, they immediately take out their "sanctions truncheons" in the desire to punish those who would not observe the approach," the minister said. "It is a long story, the adherence to sanctions: as soon as our Western partners do not get what they have forecasted anywhere - here they grasp the instrument of sanctions."

"President Putin will be speaking about it and about the problem of crushing of the world economic space, as now in the framework of the WTO do not have effective progress talks on universal approaches to new spheres of economic and technological relations between countries," Lavrov said. "He will also touch upon certain detailed aspects, like Syria or the Ukrainian crisis. All the crises of the kind develop from systemic problems in the attempts to freeze the process of forming the poly-centre world.".

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