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World countries should agree on a common interpretation of norms and principles of international law, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his article "World at a crossroads: The future system of international relations" published by "Russia in Global Affairs" magazine.
"It is evident that without collective effort and without unbiased partnership under the central coordinating role of the UN it is untenable to curb confrontational tendencies, build up trust and cope with common threats and challenges," Lavrov said in his article published on the occasion of the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
"It is high time to coordinate a common interpretation of the principles and norms of international law and stop acting by the "every law has a loophole" principle. It is high time to come to terms on uniform interpretation of the principles and norms of international law rather than trying to follow the old saying that “might goes before right”. It is more difficult to broker deals than to put forward demands. But patiently negotiated trade-offs will be a much more reliable vehicle for predictable handling of international affairs," TASS quoted him as saying.
Lavrov pointed out that this goal had been declared many times at the top level in the documents of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, but it was time to "move from declarations to actions." The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) have more than once expressed their readiness to contribute to these efforts, he said.
According to Russia’s top diplomat, a reform of the UN Security Council, "where judging by today’s standards the West is unfairly overrepresented," would contribute to creating a stable world order. He noted that the Security Council’s reform should primarily cater to the interests of the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
"While taking good care of the post-WWII system of international relations that relies on the United Nations, it is also necessary to cautiously though gradually adjust it to the realities of the current geopolitical landscape," Lavrov said.
Lavrov also highlighted the need to improve the world trade system, with a focus on harmonizing integration projects in different world regions and exploiting the potential of the G20, BRICS and the SCO.
World order’s transformation
The transformation of the world order is irreversible despite the reluctance of Western states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his article "World at a crossroads: The future system of international relations."
"It is obvious that attempts to establish a unipolar model have failed. The transformation of the world order is irreversible. New major players wielding a sustainable economic base seek to increase their influence on regional and global processes; they have full reason to claim a greater role as key decision-makers. Demand is growing for a fairer and a more inclusive system," Lavrov stated.
An absolute majority of members of the international community rejects relapses into arrogant neocolonial policies that some adopt to dictate their will to others, he noted. "All this naturally causes palpable discomfort to those who for centuries have been accustomed to setting the patterns for global development through monopolistic advantages."
"The West’s response to ongoing processes shows its true worldview setup. Its liberalism, democracy and human rights rhetoric goes hand in hand with the promotion of approaches based on inequality, injustice and selfishness and with the belief in its own exceptionalism," Lavrov stressed.
According to Russia’s top diplomat, most countries are reluctant to be held hostage to someone else’s geopolitical calculations and are determined to conduct nationally-oriented domestic and foreign policies.
"It is in common interest to ensure that multipolarity is not based on a stark balance of power like it was at the earlier stages of human history (for example, in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century), but rather bears a just, democratic and unifying nature, takes into account the approaches and concerns of all those taking part in the international relations without an exception, and ensures stable and secure future," Lavrov wrote.