Lavrov: the policy of regime change does not bring results, it is counterproductive


MOSCOW, December 14. The insistent line is to change unsuitable regimes does not bring results, this approach is counterproductive. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with participants of the programme Fund for public diplomacy support them. A. M. Gorchakov “Dialogue for the future”.

“Recent events have shown that we can achieve success only through collective efforts. Was held neither bipolar nor unipolar world,” he said.

“Any attempt to act unilaterally, did not bear fruit, they are counterproductive. Moreover, they bring chaos and uncertainty,” he said.

“Mean persistent line, despite failures, to replace objectionable regimes, to impose its own model of development, one’s own values, without taking into account national traditions”, – said the Minister.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Sergey Lavrov also said that the international community must become more actively involved in the Palestinian-Israeli settlement and not to go with the flow.

“When we are trying to cope with modern challenges and threats – such as, for example, collapse of entire countries – do not forget about the old conflicts,” he said.

“If we talk about the middle East, is, first and foremost, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which many decades cannot be resolved. Here the international community must more actively act, rather than trying to just go with the flow,” – said the Minister.

The fight against ISIS

The Minister stressed that fighting is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG) is inappropriate calculations for the satisfaction of geopolitical ambitions.

“For us it is absolutely necessary to lay aside everything secondary and to focus on combating terrorism – Lavrov said. – Especially when there are group IG, which has challenged the whole human civilization. The fight against this scourge must be an absolute priority. Is irrelevant to the calculations it is possible to satisfy their geopolitical ambitions”.

The conflict in Syria

External players in Syria should achieve practical results in the settlement, also said Lavrov. “In the Syrian settlement was possible for one negotiating table to collect all the external players that have a real impact on the situation in the country, he said. – Now that this group (of support for Syria – approx.) formed and it set out its priorities, which, in the opinion of outside players, should lead us forward in resolving this crisis, it is very important to achieve practical results”.

“These priorities very, very clear: an uncompromising fight against terrorism, especially with the “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (terrorist group forbidden in the Russian Federation – ed.) and the like, and simultaneously advancing the political process with the participation of all Syrian political forces to ensure their interests”, – said Lavrov.

“I am confident that this approach is absolutely applicable to all of the other crises that we are witnessing in the middle East,” the Minister added

The activities of the OSCE

According to Sergey Lavrov, the OSCE activities in the security sector does not meet the interests of all countries within the shared European space.

“In the field of European security failed yet, at least, to make the main pan – European organization, referring to the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – were able to meet all interests, find a balance of interests, he said. – Therefore, the problem of the construction of a European architecture that would rely on a single economic and humanitarian space, on the principle of equal and indivisible security is a very important task”.

“As one of the directions of progress toward this goal, we consider our proposal to develop specific ways of harmonization of the processes of European and Eurasian integration”, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.