The beginning of a new cold war is unlikely, the prerequisites for such a development no. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking Thursday to students at Moscow state Institute of international relations (MGIMO).
“I see no prerequisites to the second edition of the cold war became a reality,” — said Lavrov.
However, he acknowledged that “it’s difficult to compare the situation in the middle of the last century to the present, which, in the opinion of the Minister, “are fundamentally different from each other.”
According to Lavrov, in contrast to the era of ideological differences, Russia and the United States there are General principles that the parties share in the framework of the OSCE and the UN and suggest the democratic development of societies”.
He also described as “ridiculous” talk about the isolation of Russia, because, in his words, “80% of the world’s population lives in countries that share our approach and want justice in international Affairs”.
Lavrov also said that Russia is preparing an updated version of the foreign policy concept of the state. It details the foreign Minister did not name, but noted that it takes into account all recent developments. “I believe we should not change the key directions identified by President Putin in 2000, including the multi-vector policy, openness to cooperation”, — said Lavrov.
NATO has repeatedly said that the Alliance does not want confrontation with Russia and a new cold war. However, in late July, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called Russia one of the main challenges for the Alliance, along with terrorism.