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UNGA: Lavrov slams West’s ‘policy of ultimatums’
September 27, 2014, 7:06 pm

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that BRICS countries are working to democratize global economics and trade [AP]

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that BRICS countries are working to democratize global economics and trade [AP]


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday that some Western states were working in contravention of the principles of international law and governance enshrined by the world body.

Alluding to the Ukraine crisis, the US and NATO bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, and the crisis in the Middle East, Lavrov said that Washington was leading an alliance of powers that used a “policy of ultimatums, the philosophy of superiority and domination” to push its global agenda.

He said:

The US-led Western alliance, while acting as an advocate of democracy, rule of law and human rights in individual countries, is acting in the international arena from the opposite position, rejecting the democratic principle of the sovereign right of states enshrined in the UN Charter and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad.

Lavrov said the aforementioned Western alliance was working to consolidate “the geopolitical space under their control without taking into account the legitimate interests of all other nations of Europe.”

“Ukraine has fallen victim to this arrogant policy,” he told the Assembly.

Instead of powerful nations resorting to unilateral use of force to resolve international crises, Lavrov urged the UN and member states to work toward honest, respectful and equal dialogue that can help establish a “polycentric and democratic world order”.

Lavrov said the formation of the BRICS group of nations was a step toward realizing this polycentric paradigm.

In earlier comments, the Russian Foreign Minister had said that BRICS was key in democratizing international finance, economics and trade, and balancing the activity of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Source: Agencies

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