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Moscow has no feeling third world war is possible — Lavrov

April 27, 2015, 19:47 UTC+3

Russia's foreign minister said the United Nations has a rather solid safety margin

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Sergey Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov


MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. Russia has no feeling that a third world war is possible in principle, Russian Foreign Minister said on the Rossiya-24 television news channel on Monday.

"I believe that the United Nations has a rather solid safety margin," he said. "The founding fathers were rather far-sighted when they formulated the basic principles of the UN Charter."

"In the first place, it is the independence of states, sovereign development of countries non-intervention in their internal affairs, the right to determine their own destiny and peace settlement of disputes," Lavrov said. "I am certain that not a single state these days will dare say something that might call in question the viability of these ABC rules, these eternal truths."

"The organization was created for preventing a third world war. I am certain that it has achieved that aim. We have no feeling that such a war is possible in principle," he said.

"But the challenges and threats that have engulfed humanity could not have been foreseen at the moment the United Nations organization was established. This is an extra argument for pooling efforts."

He mentioned such risks as natural calamities and man-made disasters "no country is capable of coping with on its own."

Also, there is international terrorism, which has become a global evil. It is being fed by organized crime - drug trafficking first and foremost. There are epidemics that know no borders," Lavrov said. "There is the problem of food security. Excessive food supply in some countries is combined with colossal shortages in others."

"It would be impossible to address all these tasks without the United Nations," he said. "It is unique by virtue of its legitimacy and its Charter, which has proved viable. The structure of its institutions is unique, too. Specialized institutions encompass practically all aspects of human live. There are funds and programs addressing maternity and childcare problems, health, food supply and many others."

Lavrov recalled that this year’s activities timed for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations included general political debates, a summit meeting on global issues of great concern to the whole of humanity and a special summit on a global development strategy after 2015.

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