Lavrov Warns UN General Assembly, Future of the World Is Being Decided Today
Sept. 24, 2022 (EIRNS)—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the UN General Assembly today that the future security, economic and political architecture of the planet is being decided today, and it’s up to the people of the world to determine whether it will continue to be an order dominated by the West and its golden billion, or by progressive forces. Lavrov accused Western powers of undermining trust in international law and institutions as guarantees of fairness and the protection of the weak against the strong. These negative trends, he continued, have been put on open display “in concentrated form” at the UN, eroding the principles upon which the body was founded.
“The future of the world order is being decided today. This is clear to any impartial observer. The question is whether it will be an order where one hegemon forces everyone else to live according to their notorious ‘rules’ which benefit only itself. Or will it be a democratic, just world—a world without blackmail and intimidation of unwanted peoples, without neo-Nazism and neo-colonialism? Russia has made a firm choice in favor of the latter, and together with our allies, partners and like-minded people are calling for work on its implementation,”
“Today, we’re witnessing sovereign states ready to defend their national interests, and this is resulting in the creation of an equal, socially-oriented, multipolar architecture,” Lavrov said. The West considers these processes a threat, and the United States and its allies “want to stop the march of history,” he continued.
“At some point, having declared victory in the Cold War, Washington elevated itself almost to the position of the messenger of the Lord God on Earth, who has no obligations, but only the ‘sacred’ right to act with impunity” anywhere in the world. “Any state can be declared a zone for such actions—especially if it somehow displeases the self-proclaimed ‘masters of the world,’ ” Lavrov said.
Lavrov pointed to the U.S. wars of aggression from Yugoslavia to Iraq and Libya, which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocents but provided no benefit to the legitimate interests of the U.S. “Was English banned or any other language of NATO countries banned there? Were mass media, culture [threatened]? Were the Anglo-Saxons declared to be subhuman, were heavy weapons used against them?” Lavrov asked, in a veiled reference to Moscow’s justification for launching its special military operation in Ukraine.
None of the Middle Eastern nations where the United States intervened has seen any improvements in their human rights situation, the rule of law or their socio-economic situation, the diplomat stressed. “Name a country where Washington interfered by force and where as a result of that, life improved,” Lavrov said.