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Lavrov: Diplomacy experiences renaissance, logic of coercion yields to dialogue

June 01, 2016, 18:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian foreign minister hopes that the determination to achieve balanced solutions will gain the upper hand in settling current conflicts, including those in Syria and Ukraine

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. Diplomacy is experiencing renaissance today, and personal contacts are a key instrument in the effort to solve global problems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday at the ceremony of formal opening of the Diplomatic Club in the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy.

"Communication probably remains the key instrument to overcome difficulties," Lavrov said. "New communications tools will never replace direct face-to-face conversation. This helps promote some kind of mutual understanding, helping achieve mutually acceptable solutions."

"On the whole, diplomacy today is going through renaissance," he said.

Lavrov said the logic of coercion, ultimatums, condescending conversations "gradually, very slowly, is yielding to the understanding that it is necessary to communicate."

"Long conversations are held in various formats, including with participation of heads of state, foreign ministers, other representatives of states," he said. "During these contacts, agreements that may influence improvement of the global landscape are worked out."

Lavrov hopes for balanced approach to settling conflicts in Syria, Ukraine

Sergey Lavrov hopes that the determination to achieve balanced solutions will gain the upper hand in settling current conflicts, including those in Syria and Ukraine.

"International relations are at a turning point, at a stage of forming new multi-polar, a multi-centric system, which is expected to reflect the ever more complex nature of the modern world and to address the emerging challenges common to all more effectively," Lavrov said. He was speaking at the opening of the diplomatic club at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic academy on Wednesday.

He believes that only concerted action can produce response to global threats.

"Attempts at trying to do that differently, through unilateral measures, have resulted in nothing good," he said. "This means that diplomacy is emerging in the forefront in the process of identifying solutions that would suit one and all."

"Last year’s events shows that there where all parties demonstrated the sincere wish to achieve harmonious solutions based on a balance of interests agreements accommodating everybody’s interests were achieved," Lavrov said. As an example he mentioned the agreements on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program, chemical disarmament in Syria, and the establishment of a framework for the political settlement of the Syrian crisis and for overcoming the crisis in Ukraine.

"I do hope that this kind of approach will eventually prevail in tackling all problems resulting from numerous conflicts - those in Syria, Ukraine, the Middle East, Africa and other spots on the globe.

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