MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. Russia proposes to discuss in the United Nations a possibility of adopting a declaration, which will give an exact definition to the principles of non-interference into domestic affairs of sovereign countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Venezuelan state television.
"Jointly with our Venezuelan friends and a big group of other countries, including our Chinese colleagues, we consider an option of raising such issue as non-interference into domestic affairs of sovereign states," Lavrov said. "This is one of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter."
Lavrov said that "unfortunately this principle is not always observed under various pretexts."
"An expression ‘humanitarian intervention’ was invented some time ago and it allowed interfering, including with the use of military force, if human rights were allegedly violated," he said. "Then an expression of ‘responsibility for protection’ was invented and it meant that if a humanitarian crisis erupted, no matter for what reasons - natural or military conflict - the world society had the right to interfere."
"A precise answer was already given in the past to all these situations and decisions were made at the UN General Assembly stating that any interference is possible only with the consent of the UN Security Council, in other words it is the confirmation of the UN Charter’s principle," Lavrov said.
"Considering the fact that lose interpretations of this principle had been often emerging, including in the context of the Syrian crisis, we want to discuss with all member states a possibility of adopting a declaration, which would confirm the principle of non-interference into domestic affairs of sovereign states and the principle active in Latin America and Africa, which states that the countries, where the change of power took place not as a result of Constitutional means but as a result of a state coup, cannot be normal members of the international society and such methods of power change are unacceptable."