Russian Foreign Minister Talks About Sanctions at the UN General Assembly – The Russian Foreign Minister complained about countries using sanctions to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries at the UN general session. He said such punishments hindered an effective global response to issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, military conflict and international terrorism.

In a speech delivered in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the efforts of some countries to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries, using unilateral sanctions interfere with dealing with the threats facing the world today.

“We believe that this is largely due to the fact that some countries are unwilling to account for other countries’ legitimate interests,” Lavrov said in a speech on behalf of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which consists of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

“They are trying to impose concepts and standards such as a ‘rules-based world order’ while trying to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries, using unilateral sanctions that violate the prerogatives of the UN Security Council, and show intolerance and hatred,” he said as quoted by the AP, Tuesday ( 22/9/2020).

Lavrov, in his speech, called for unity and urged countries to reaffirm their commitment to the UN charter and international law, saying that the world is tired of dividing lines, dividing countries into friends and enemies.

“We once again, as in 1945, need to put aside differences and unite in the name of solving common problems, supported by equal dialogue and mutual respect for (each other’s) interests,” the Russian minister concluded.

Lavrov’s speech comes amid tensions between Russia and the West over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny’s Kremlin cricus, who was being treated in Berlin for what German authorities say is a neurotoxin, and as the European Union considers imposing sanctions over disputed presidential elections and Belarusian crackdowns. against protesters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Navalny’s poisoning an assassination attempt intended to silence Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent enemy. Merkel’s office indicated that she may be willing to rethink the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would carry Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

European Union foreign ministers on Monday failed to agree to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials suspected of rigging elections or playing a role in a six-week security crackdown. However, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said there was a clear desire to adopt such sanctions.

Russia has also drawn international criticism for approving the Covid-19 vaccine after testing it on only a few dozen people. Putin, who is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday evening, praised the vaccine on national television and said one of his adult daughters had been injected. However, Russian and Western experts insist that further studies are needed to determine its effectiveness and safety.