MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia firmly insists on the need to conduct affairs only collectively based of the balance of interests. According to him, Diplomatic Worker’s Day, Russia marks on Tuesday, symbolises the combination of Russia’s efforts to address today’s problems with preserving continuity, respect for the memory of predecessors and keeping the tradition of Russian diplomacy.
"Russia firmly insists on the need to respect international law, to conduct collective talks solely on the basis of a balance of interests, rather than by imposing the interests of some countries on others," the foreign minister said in a statement on the occasion of the holiday. "We will consistently defend the independent foreign policy line of Russia in accordance with the national Foreign Policy Concept, the basis for all our foreign policy actions," he said.
According to Lavrov, "We are addressing the acute crisis in Ukraine from these positions." The minister said, "We want to help resolve this crisis using only diplomatic methods and through direct dialogue between Kiev authorities and the opposition that has proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. "We will help settle other contemporary conflicts, including those in the Middle East and North Africa, from the very same positions," he added.
"I would like to note that we are implementing our active line at various multilateral venues, primarily the United Nations and the UN Security Council, the G20, the SCO and BRICS," Lavrov said, in particular.