Lavrov’s Valdai Club Remarks
Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif are the preeminent diplomats of our time.
Thoughtful insights, respect for the rule of law, support for peace and cooperative relations with other countries, along with straight talk candor are their defining characteristics.
They’re diplomatic giants on the world stage compared to their pigmy US and other Western counterparts.
On Tuesday, Lavrov addressed the 17th annual Valdai Club session in Moscow.
This year’s theme discusses transforming world crisis conditions into new global opportunities.
What lies ahead? Will the trend toward multi-world polarity continue?
Can positive international relations replace the unacceptable existing order?
Can Cold War 2.0 be halted before hardening further — notably US hostility toward China?
Is global war 3.0 inevitable? Or can cool heads internationally prevent what would be catastrophic to humanity if happens?
At a time of endless US preemptive wars by hot and other means on invented enemies and economic collapse, can world peace, equity, and justice replace the unacceptable current order?
Since 2004, Valdai Club participants gave “qualified and objective assessment(s) of global political and economic issues.”
Since 2017, awards were given for “significant contributions to understanding and explaining changes and tendencies in global politics.”
In his Tuesday remarks, Lavrov stressed the importance of focusing not “only on (how things may) change in the foreseeable future, but also on whether we will be able to influence this change” in a positive direction.
Profound transformations are happening, he explained, “the global balance of power being reshaped.”
Lavrov envisions a “more democratic, multi-polar international order” ahead.
It’ll take “an entire epoch” to achieve it, he said.
New centers of political, economic, and financial power are emerging away from longstanding Western dominance.
Transformational change of this kind doesn’t go down well in Washington and European capitals.
Slamming their unacceptable “accusations, ultimatums and demands,” Lavrov stressed the importance of diplomacy, compromises, cooperation, and “coordination of positions” over the current order.
UN Charter principles remain core international law. Comparing it to highway traffic rules, Lavrov stressed that “we don’t abandon” them because of “road accidents.”
Building on existing rules, a new order is needed.
“We must work to ensure that all countries strictly comply with the norms and principles of international law and their obligations under international conventions, and to prevent the erosion of international law or its replacement with the rules-based order promoted by (the West), who even avoid using the very phrase ‘respect for international law,’ ” he said.
Failure to observe international laws, norms and standards “risk(s) a great deal,” he stressed.
Today’s polycentric world order “can no longer be governed from” one center alone.
“As (a) saying goes,” said Lavrov, “(i)f you need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm.”
“We are ready to look for mutually acceptable solutions together with all those who need a helping hand as well.”
A Final Comment
In response to a question asked, Lavrov discussed the EU bloc’s unacceptable hostility toward Russia over the Navalny incident that Moscow clearly had nothing to do with.
Remarks by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen were especially obnoxious and over the top.
In response, Lavrov told EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell that if unacceptable bloc “arrogan(ce) (and) unconditional superiority” continue, Russia wants Brussels to know that “there could be (no) business (with its leadership) under these conditions.”
“(T)he EU (is) behaving in an absolutely inappropriate, unacceptable manner, with regard to the…Navalny incident” and other East/West differences.
Western leaders “do not understand the need for mutually respectful communication.”
“So we should probably stop communicating with them for a while.”
As for profoundly hostile and undiplomatic von der Leyen, an EU Pompeo with a gender difference, Moscow’s response to her falsified claim that Brussels can’t work with the Kremlin’s current leadership was the following:
“So be it. If that’s the way (the bloc) want(s) it.”
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