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MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The participation of United States in world affairs should be aimed at reaching consensus, not at satisfying Washington’s egotistical interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at the Russian Diplomatic Academy.
"In a recent interview with the Atlantic, US President Barack Obama insisted that the agenda for any important multi-party forum is determined only with US participation," Lavrov said. "But it cannot be any different because we are talking about the most powerful and influential country of the modern world," he added.
"We are not talking about pushing US away from making key international decisions but rather want US participation in developing common approaches to be aimed not at satisfying their own egotistical interests, but at building consensus with the aim of ensuring international security and sustainable development," Lavrov said. "The whole global community would welcome such leadership, I am sure, especially considering the fact that no serious problem may be resolved by someone alone. There have been many examples of this over the last decade," he added.
Like at previous stages of world history, "seeking to make momentary gains and implement opportunistic tasks will only lead to a catastrophe," the foreign minister said.
"We are convinced that approaches are needed today aimed at the future, based on strategic understanding of global processes and that realism in politics is in demand," Lavrov went on.
"Russia is the successor of USSR and in this capacity, as a successor of traditions of the pre-Soviet era of our country’s development, we clearly understand that messianism and attempts to impose own development models and values on other peoples are counterproductive," the foreign minister concluded.
According to the diplomat, primitive black-and-white approaches in global politics are dangerous and do not reflect the international development trends - the decentralization of the leadership centers and the formation of a multipolar world.
"The primitive black-and-white approaches are dangerous," the minister said. "They do not reflect the trends of international development." "In an interdependent world, which is characterized by the dispersal of economic potential and political influence, there cannot be the leadership of a single center. The exceptionalism of one nation in relation to others is impossible."
"We are at a turning point in global development and are witnesses and direct participants in the formation of a new international system," Lavrov said. He noted that it was important for all those for whom diplomacy is a profession to feel the pulse of global politics.
"We are committed to solving international problems on the basis of equality, mutual respect and justice, which can be a reliable basis for improving the international situation," Lavrov said.