Russia’s foreign minister calls for ‘post-West world order’ in speech to global leaders

  • Date of Publication : 20/02/2017 at 10:51 GMT
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Russia’s foreign minister has called for an end to an outdated world order dominated by the West, even as US Vice President Mike Pence has pledged his country’s “unwavering” commitment to its transatlantic allies in NATO.

Sergey Lavrov’s comments at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday came just hours after Pence promised to stand with Europe to rein in a resurgent Russia and “hold Russia accountable.”

Lavrov, offering pragmatic ties with the United States, said: “I hope that [the world] will choose a democratic world order – a post-West one – in which each country is defined by its sovereignty.”

Lavrov accused NATO of being a Cold War institution and accused its “expansion” of sparking unprecedented tensions in Europe as both sides expand military deployments and drills.

The time the West called the shots is over, while NATO was a relic of the Cold War, he said.

In its place, Russia wanted a relationship with the US that is “pragmatic with mutual respect and the acknowledgment of our common responsibility for global stability”, he added.

The two countries had never been in direct conflict, he said, and that they were close neighbors across the Bering Straits.

Lavrov said, “We believe that the improvement of bilateral relations with the U.S will be in the interest of both countries”.

“The Ukrainian Crisis, which is the source for Russia’s disputes with the west, can be addressed by the Minsk agreement. This is the only solution for the crisis in Ukraine and the military approach can’t put an end to it, he said.

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