MUNICH, February 13. In some areas the amount of interaction with Euro-Atlantic structures, Russia loses in comparison with the period of the cold war. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the Munich security conference.
“I think it is clear that the extraordinary complexity of intertwined crises, the expansion of the conflict space requires coordinated cooperation, – said the Minister. – However, collective efforts are being erected artificial constraints – such as the refusal of NATO and the EU on full-fledged cooperation with Russia, forming the image of the enemy, the deployment of weapons in order to perpetuate those dividing lines in Europe, which the West solemnly promised to dismantle. Apparently, the old instincts still very, very tenacious”..
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“Today, in some areas the amount of interaction between Euro-Atlantic structures and our country is inferior even in comparison with the period of the cold war – Lavrov said. – I’m not talking about the return to use of stamps of ideological confrontation, a conceptual framework which ceased to exist a quarter-century ago. Par for the course was a mixture of propaganda and real politics to the detriment of the prospects of solving the key international problems.”
Many agreements are not being implemented because of the desire of some countries to gain unilateral benefit from the situation, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. “In our meetings in Munich we always state that the situation in the field of European security and the world in General is moving is not satisfactory, he said. – Discuss the steps that would help rectify the situation. But, unfortunately, fundamental changes in regard to the direction of the vector of development of events is not happening”.
“Surely something can be done, but very often the agreements are not being implemented due to the fact that some of the participants tries to rewrite them retroactively for the purpose of obtaining unilateral advantages to the detriment of the achieved balance of interests,” the Minister said.
“A required team approach”
In solving large and complex problems of international policy need to practice a team approach, Lavrov said. “The events of last year proved that, when the thesis of someone’s exceptionalism is put aside and when there is pooling of capacities in Russia, USA, European Union, China and other leading centers of power of the modern world, can achieve breakthrough results”, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.
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In this regard, the Minister recalled primarily about resolving the situation around the Iranian nuclear program and chemical demilitarization of Syria. “Without a doubt, this method can be successfully applied at other azimuths of world politics, including, not least, the middle East peace process, mean first and foremost the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he said. But in order to apply such collective approaches to apply these effective methods, you need to get used to work in a team, and not try at all to solve, and not consonant with the dictates punish”.
Lavrov spoke against the “netcentricity”, to represent the Western countries “as “guardians” stability of the international system”, as it turned out, for example, the final report of the “group of sages” of the OSCE, created as part of the process “Helsinki plus forty”. According to him, to maintain the prevailing international system immutable will not work. “In any case, you need to agree on the reform of the world order, because this nattention conceit, describing the political short-sightedness, much harm on real, not imagined threats,” the Minister said.
On the joint fight against terrorism
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia has called for a true Union of the leading States to combat “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist group). “The true Union of the leading States against international terrorism and is necessary to prevent the collapse of Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, whose territory, along with Syria, is actively developing the IG, using the lack of the international community a unified and effective strategy,” said Lavrov.
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Anti-terrorism efforts ineffective due to the inability of some countries to put aside the calculations for the implementation of regime change, said the foreign Minister.
“Unfortunately, despite some successes in the fight against ISIL (the former name “Islamic state”) and “EN-dzhebhat Nusra” (banned in the Russian Federation terrorist group – ed.) and the like, to ensure the creation of truly effective anti-terrorist front has so far failed. Largely due to the inability of some countries to put aside minor issues, ongoing payments to use the situation to attempts to change regimes and the implementation of other geopolitical ambitions, he said. – I hope that the results of the meeting of the International support group Syria, held in Munich on 11 February, will help to change this situation”.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation expressed the view that “the true Union of the leading States against international terrorism and is necessary to prevent the collapse of Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, whose territory, along with Syria, is actively developing “Islamic state”, using the lack of the international community a unified and effective strategy.”
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).
The tasks of the Munich conference
“The platform of the Munich security conference is well suited for a serious conversation about ways to restore the culture of dialogue and the art of compromise, of the withdrawal of diplomacy in a priority position that should rightfully belong to her at the stage of development of a reliable, sustainable system of global governance,” the Minister added. He explained that “all this is true, if we don’t want to drift to the waterfall, and interest in, to reverse the negative trend in international Affairs and to justify, finally, the expectations that are associated with our joint work.”